Lewis Hamilton is not happy with the protocol surrounding driver data
F1 teams will routinely use data from both drivers' performances to improve over the course of practice and qualifying sessions ahead of a Grand Prix.
But Lewis Hamilton believes that it would be fairer to keep that crucial information hidden and allow the natural ability of each driver to dictate more of the result.
"I go out, do my laps, do all my homework, [and] the other guy can see everything,” said Hamilton.
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“I have asked my team.
"I don’t want to see my team-mate’s.
"I don’t feel it’s fair that he brings his A-game and I should be able to study his A-game on a computer.
“For example, when we’re driving we’re picking out braking points, bumps, tyre rubber marks on the track, all these different things to help get you through the corner quickest.
Lewis Hamilton is chasing a fourth world title after losing out to Nico Rosberg in 2016
"And the other driver probably naturally may be able to do more or less than you are.
“But because of this data they can just copy you. ‘Oh, he’s braking five metres later there, I’ll go out and I’ll try braking five metres later’.
"So that’s what I really dislike, because it enables them to get closer.
“That’s what I loved about go-karting – you weren’t able to do that and that was where just your raw talent is able to shine.”
Hamilton will this year drive alongside Valtteri Bottas, the Finn who made the switch from Williams after Nico Rosberg retired as world champion at the end of last season.
Bottas already has more than 70 races under his belt and was preferred to Mercedes young driver programme member Pascal Wehrlein because of his experience.
But Hamilton believes even young drivers can get straight on the pace thanks to the amount of data that moves across the garage.
"You’re hiring whoever the next person is because they’ve hopefully won some things along the way as well and you’re hiring them for their ultimate skill all round," Hamilton added.
“They should be able to go out there on their own and find it all themselves, without you.
Lewis Hamilton wants his data to stay on his side of the garage at Mercedes
“You could take a young kid from Formula 3, have them just go on a simulator and drive every single day and try and get to my lines. And eventually they’d probably get to my lines.
“He should have to discover that himself. You’ve got to find the limit yourself, that’s the whole challenge of being a racing driver."