Valtteri Bottas defends Max Verstappen from Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton wants the FIA to regulate when teams can start focusing on their car for the following season.

Valtteri Bottas has disagreed with former Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who called for the FIA to introduce a date when teams can start working on their cars for 2024.

With Red Bull being so far ahead, the Austrians will be able to start working on their 2024 challenger before several other teams, something Hamilton views as being unfair.

Likewise, the seven-time World Champion doesn’t think a team with a bad car can simply forget about it and focus on the following season.

He wants to see the FIA put a date in place for when teams can legally start working on the following season, something Bottas seemingly doesn’t agree with.

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Bottas believes Red Bull “deserve” their current success and shouldn’t be limited by new regulations, with the Finn admitting he “wouldn’t change anything”.

“I think they deserve it,” Bottas told

“They’ve done a great job with the car. They seem to have a really strong team overall. I don’t see a point of trying to limit someone’s performance. I think already, with the regulations nowadays, if you win the Constructors Championship’, you are already then penalised in terms of wind tunnel time.

“So I think, in the longer term, that will stabilise things. It’s the nature of the sport. There are always periods when somebody’s dominating, and so on, so I wouldn’t change anything – it’s the name of the game. The people who build the best car deserve it.”

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Hamilton on the other hand thinks it would “make more sense” for the FIA to limit when teams can start focusing on their car for the following campaign.

The Mercedes driver thinks this would stop some teams from gaining an “advantage”, something which could potentially bunch the field up more.

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Hamilton has suggested that teams shouldn’t be allowed to work on their next car until August 1.

“It would make more sense,” insisted Hamilton.

“They should. Say for example you start the season and you know you have a bad car, you can just say I’m not going to bother developing this car and put all this money into next year’s car and have an advantage.”