Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he does “understand” why fans are labelling this season’s races as “boring”, with the Briton seemingly taking aim at the FIA’s regulations for allowing Red Bull to build such a large advantage.
Red Bull have enjoyed a sensational start to the 2023 Formula 1 season, with the Austrians having won every race so far this year.
If that wasn’t enough, they’ve also claimed four 1-2 finishes, something which has seen them build a 122-point lead in the Constructors’ Championship already.
The Milton Keynes-based team have been remarkable since the start of the new aerodynamic regulations, to the extent where they’ve won 22 of the 27 completed races since the start of 2022.
Ferrari have claimed four wins since the start of 2022 whereas Mercedes have been victorious just the once, highlighting the Austrians superiority.
Hamilton seemingly believes the regulations are to blame for Red Bull’s dominance, with the 38-year-old having admitted that changing the regulations “never seems to work” when it comes to making the grid closer.
“I’m challenged every single day to get back to the front, so it’s definitely not boring from my perspective,” said Hamilton.
“But as a racing fan watching, I can understand because there’s not as much competition as there perhaps is in the NFL or the NBA at the moment.
“That’s not my doing. As a sport they have already tried to bring the teams closer but it never seems to work. All I can say is that we’re working as hard as we can to close up and get back and give them more of a fight.”
Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell shares a similar view, with the 25-year-old noting that the fight for third is more exciting than watching who’ll win the race, given that it’ll most likely be Max Verstappen or Sergio Perez.
“The competition we’ve got at the moment between Ferrari and Aston Martin, at every race we go to it’s really close between us in qualifying, the pace is really close in the race,” said Russell.
“It’s obviously just a shame that there’s two more cars well out in front. So forget about those two and just watch the race for P3. It may be a bit more exciting.”