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Hamilton opposes standard engines


Hamilton not expecting standard F1 engines

Lewis Hamilton says he does not expect Formula One to introduce a standard engine as part of plans to cut costs.

F1's governing body the FIA has agreed with the teams a plan to cut costs over the next two seasons but the details have not yet been revealed.

The proposals will be discussed at Friday's FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Monte Carlo.

"I don't think that (a standard engine) is ever going to happen," world champion Hamilton told BBC Sport.

"I can't see that happening simply because the manufacturers play such a huge role in the sport "

At a meeting in Monaco on Wednesday, the Formula One Teams Association (Fota) and the FIA brokered a landmark deal to save money over the next two seasons.

The agreement came five days after Japanese manufacturer Honda pulled out of F1 because of the pressures of the global economic crisis.


The exact details of the plan will be released on Friday after it has been approved by the World Motor Sport Council.

FIA president Max Mosley had wanted the teams to use a standard engine and gearbox from 2010 to help cut their costs by up to 80%.

While Fota is committed to dramatically cutting the operating costs of the teams, it was opposed to Mosley's plan for standard engines.

Hamilton believes the introduction of a single engine would make the sport, "less exciting".

But the 23-year-old Englishman said he agreed with the need to cut the sport's escalating costs to counter the effects of the global credit crunch.

"The world is struggling but they are always taking the right actions to make the sport cheaper" he added.

Hakkinen pauses for thought

"But every time they introduce something new, it costs more money so it's about having a balance.

"They are doing the best job they can to be more cost effective - and I'm supportive of that."

After winning the 2008 world title by a single point in a dramatic final race in Brazil, Hamilton says he has now turned his attention to defending his crown.

The McLaren driver is not taking part in this week's final test of 2008 in Jerez but insists he has plenty of work to do before the season opener in Melbourne on 29 March.

"The team is in the process of designing and building the new car and my work is to start training again," stated Hamilton.

"I'm definitely focusing on next season. There is less pressure but I'd love to win the title again.

"If you come off a season where you are the champion of course you have the confidence and you are on a high.

"But you can never be too confident or too comfortable - you have to come back down to earth and reset your goals.

"I'm not going in saying I'm the world champion and it's going to be easy. I have to start again as if I've just come into the sport."

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