Lewis Hamilton can laugh at all the stories that are circulating about the abolition of ‘party mode’ in Formula 1. According to the Mercedes world champion, theories are used that are incorrect.
The use of the party mode, where teams can turn their engines up during qualifying, has been banned by the FIA from next race weekend in Italy. Mercedes in particular seemed to benefit greatly from the special engine mode.
“I think it’s funny, because the FIA said it’s forbidden so that they can better map out how everyone uses their bike or something like that,” Hamilton said at a press moment at the Monza circuit.
“But then came Red Bull Racing. They said they were the ones who pushed the FIA to ban. So those are two completely different reasons.”
Hamilton does not think Mercedes will suffer greatly from the party mode ban. “We will probably lose some time, but it is not the end of the world. Everyone will give up, some more than others. We will see.”
The race weekend at Monza starts on Friday at 11 a.m. with the first free practice. The Grand Prix of Italy, which was won five times by Hamilton, starts on Sunday at 3.10 p.m.