In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says Formula 1 cars should be more physically demanding to drive.

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What they say

Hamilton was asked about his post-race drugs test on Sunday:

Drug tests, it’s random, it’s up to three times a year, maybe. Sometimes it’s less. There used to be a point where there was potentially quite a out of season, away from the track, back home, hotels.

Honestly this is not a sport where you need to do anything. It’s not like cycling. Cyclists, for example, they need more blood flowing through the heart, more oxygen. We’re not fatiguing particularly anywhere.

Honestly it’s not hard enough. The cars are not hard enough to drive, it should be more physical. I think in 2021 they need to not have as much power steering, for example. You should be physically, massively depleted afterwards. I think that’s how sport should be when you finish.

Tennis players, they’re finished at the end of the game. Especially if it’s been multiple hours. Cyclists must be dead after Tour de France, for example. That’s what this should be about.

But it’s less so about that physical side nowadays and that’s why we see an 18-year-old can come in no problems. But it shouldn’t be the case. So the point is there’s no point in doing anything to enhance our bodies, it’s just training.

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Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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