Given the dearth of security components in comparison with System 1 vehicles, Lewis Hamilton believes MotoGP is ‘extra hardcore’ because of this.
Hamilton lauded the protection enhancements which have been made in System 1 in his time within the sport, and pointed to the restricted choices obtainable to these on two wheels as an indicator of simply how harmful motorbike racing will be.
Showing with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi in a sponsor video speaking concerning the lifetime of a driver and rider, the Mercedes man spoke of the long-standing mutual respect between the 2 disciplines, however believes the “concern issue” will all the time be part of MotoGP particularly, being uncovered in the way in which they’re.
“[Rossi] spoke about System 1 drivers admiring MotoGP and MotoGP riders admiring F1,” Hamilton mentioned.
“For us… I personally suppose that MotoGP is extra hardcore – these guys don’t have seatbelts. After they have a crash, it’s large.
“It’s very, very troublesome for them to enhance security, in order that concern issue is all the time there, and it’s been there for years.
“Possibly there’s a little bit of traction management and raise management however, typically, you will be thrown off. In [Formula 1], it’s getting safer and safer and safer.”
System 1 vehicles have steadily elevated in weight over time, in no small half because of the extra security measures being put in place to try to defend drivers as a lot as doable.
Mick Schumacher’s crash at Jeddah final weekend is an indicator of how the strengthened facet impression construction did its job in defending the Haas driver in his 170mph collision.
However the greatest instance of how System 1 has progressed got here in Bahrain in 2020, when Romain Grosjean crashed and his automotive burst into flames, however mercifully, he was capable of get out of his Haas rapidly and escape with burns to his arms.
Seven-time World Champion Hamilton contrasted that with the dangers MotoGP riders take repeatedly, and admitted he feels nervous even watching the races himself.
“We had an enormous crash only recently,” he mentioned of Grosjean’s accident.
“Automobile in flames, and [he got] out. So it’s gone from a racing collection that was very, very harmful and folks had been dropping lives a few years in the past, and I feel it’s entering into the fitting course.
“However we watch what [Rossi] does and what they do in full shock. These guys are doing 360 kilometres an hour [225mph] on the finish of the straight braking into Flip 1 at Mugello!
“After which they’ve the high-side moments and all that… it’s nerve-racking!”
Having toyed with the thought for a very long time, Rossi has now made the transfer to 4 wheels after retiring from MotoGP, ending P17 on debut alongside his team-mates within the GT World Problem Europe at Imola on the weekend.