Lewis Hamilton happy with FIA's policing of F1 & way Mercedes handled fuel in Oz
"Everyone's going to be learning and making mistakes," says Lewis
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 27/03/14 7:11am
Lewis Hamilton: Says teams will make mistakes
Lewis Hamilton says he has no qualms with the way the FIA is policing the sport in the wake of the Red Bull fuel flow controversy and believes teams will continue to go through a "learning process" with mastering the new-for-2014 regulations.
The paddock reconvenes for the Malaysia GP at Sepang this weekend with Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from second place at the Australian GP still proving the major talking point in the sport. Red Bull have appealed the decision with their case to be heard on April 14.
Although Red Bull, trusting their own measurements, opted not to adhere to the FIA's in-race requests to turn back their engines in Melbourne, it is understood that other teams did heed similar warnings, with reports suggesting Hamilton's Mercedes team, which won the race Nico Rosberg, were among them.
Hamilton, who retired within five laps at Albert Park owing to engine trouble, said he was pleased with how Mercedes handled things in Australia but suggested it was still a learning curve for all teams.
"I'm really happy with the job the FIA have done over the past few years," Hamilton told Sky Sports News' Craig Slater in Kuala Lumpur. "I've not really read too much into it [the Red Bull case], but I know how technical it is this year and how difficult it is.
"We're constantly given updates on things that we've got to stay strict to and fortunately my team did a great job and we obviously haven't had any problems. But I think it's just a learning process so over the course of the year everyone's going to be learning and making mistakes and working on those things."
The introduction of fuel-flow meters along with a 100kg race limit are part of attempts to increase efficiency in F1.
Although managing fuel is not a new phenomenon in F1 - Hamilton and Rosberg were involved in a team orders controversy on F1's last visit to Sepang when the latter was hold to hold station while his team-mate saved fuel, for instance - Hamilton says the new stricter limits have increased the challenge.
"It is a huge player this year," the 2008 World Champion added.
"We've got to do the same race distance that we've done in the past few years with a third less fuel. So it a real massive challenge."