Lewis Hamilton is worried that F1 could be a train this year due to the difficulty of following
A raft of rule changes over the off-season has seen teams forced to design cars with fatter tyres and bigger chassises to increase cornering speed and overall pace.
However, the changes appear to have made overtaking harder because of the amount of turbulent air created behind the cars, making them difficult to match for pace when sitting behind.
Lewis Hamilton found himself stuck behind Max Verstappen after making his pit stop during the Australian Grand Prix which proved to be crucial in his battle with Sebastian Vettel.
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And the second place finisher has revealed he will simply have to avoid time away from the front of the field.
"It's always been tough but to follow for me is a lot worse, as I anticipated," Hamilton said.
"I hope that doesn't meant that for the rest of the year that it's a train.
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Lewis Hamilton managed a second place finish but he was desperate to win the Australian Grand Prix
"I don't know if it was exciting to watch but I want to be closer up with cars.
"It's really through pit stops and strategy that we're racing at the moment.
"You've just got to try and make sure you stay ahead."
Lewis Hamilton got stuck behind Max Verstappen in a crucial phase of the race
Hamilton only ended up behind Verstappen because he was forced to pit earlier than planned after struggling with grip and overheating his tyres.
And the three-time world champion believes changes will have to be made ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix on April 9.
"I executed the strategy that I had," Hamilton added.
"I only stopped a lap earlier than my target but I couldn't go any further.
"I'd used up all the money I had in those tyres and I think that's to do with set-up.
"There's things we'll have to change for next time to make it better.
"It's great that we've got a race on our hands."