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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton fears Red Bull domination for years: 'It is just unfortunate'

Mercedes driver Hamilton has, however, insisted recent criticism of F1's technical regulations has been too 'negative' and instead commended the sport for exploring a new direction.

Lewis Hamilton has warned against portraying F1's current technical regulatory era in a negative light despite conceding the rules will need to evolve to prevent Red Bull's current domination of the sport.

The aerodynamic structure of F1 was radically overhauled for last year in a bid to create a greater racing spectacle.

Aero devices were taken away from the top surface of the cars and replaced with a focus on ground effect, theoretically allowing for closer racing with drivers able to remain in close proximity to those ahead through corners.

After an encouraging first year, on-track action has failed to deliver upon promises this season with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in particular coming under fire for its lacklustre spectacle.

F1's case has not been helped by Red Bull's dominance in the first five races, with nearest challenger Fernando Alonso steering his Aston Martin home over 20 seconds behind second-placed Sergio Perez at the Miami Grand Prix and a further six seconds behind Max Verstappen.

Unfortunate

The lack of action has led to criticism in recent weeks but asked if he felt the sport went the wrong direction with the current technical regulations, Hamilton told media, including RacingNews365.com: "I think it's a really negative way to look at it.

"It is good that we are trying new things, it's important we continue to move forward and evolve - the technology has evolved.

"It is just unfortunate, we still see the same sort of gaps between teams. I don't know what the solution is for the future, but I think we are going to have to continue to adapt these regulations moving forward, otherwise, it could be the same as it is now for years - until 2026 - if we don't do a better job, which we are working on doing.

"I like the cars... without the bouncing [and] they are a little bit heavy - I wouldn't say making the cars heavier is a good idea."

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