Recent rule to eliminate traction control is right: Hamilton

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Mumbai, Jul 24 (UNI) Current Formula 1 Drivers' Championship leader, Lewis Hamilton, said he was in favour of the recent rule to eliminate traction control in the cars since it left a lot more to the driver.

''Without it (traction control), it is much more up to the driver.

It really is incredible,'' Hamilton, who was in the city for a promotional event, said.

Speaking about the speed in Formula One racing, he said speeds were unlikely to be reduced despite new rules and regulations being introduced by the governing body FIA.

''GP2 is getting faster and Formula One will have to stay faster.

But the thing is everytime new rules and regulations are brought in teams only get faster,'' Hamilton added.

The 23-year-old McClaren Mercedes driver, who almost won the drivers' standings last year on debut, said with new technology and rules cars in Formula One were also set to look more like those in GP2 where a lot more driving skills would be required, he said.

Hamilton denied that the major teams like Ferrari and Mclaren- Mercedes had an advantage over smaller teams due to lesser financial constraints for development of cars.

''Formula One has been this way for many years. All the teams when qualifying are within one second of one another and it is not about who has more money, but who spends it better,'' he said.

Hamilton, fresh off victories in two consecutive races at Germany and England, was in the city for a promotional event organised by telecom giant Vodafone. He also visited a go-karting track in suburban Powai.

The ace driver, also drove seven laps in a kart around a truncated track, to the joy of hundreds of fans, mostly teenagers, and flagged off a race as well.

He also announced the exciting 'Be a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team member' contest exclusively for Vodafone customers in India.

The winner of this contest will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix at Monza on September 14.

To participate in this SMS-based contest, Vodafone customers need to send 'LEWIS' as an SMS to 56565 and answer a quiz comprising 200 questions over the contest period. The customer correctly answering the maximum number of questions will be the winner of the contest.

The Vodafone 'Be a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team member' contest begins in the last week of this month.

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