Mar.12 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton on Wednesday made it clear that he does not agree with quadruple world champion Alain Prost's criticisms of formula one.
Frenchman Prost, who - behind Michael Schumacher - is the second most successful driver in the sport's history and also a former team boss, recently slammed the current format for not challenging the drivers enough."It's more speed, less brains, less tactics, less strategy and much less work together between a driver and the engineers -- and that is not formula one I like," he said.But at a local beach near Melbourne on Wednesday, McLaren driver Hamilton took issue with Prost's critique."I'm a bit surprised by that," he said, also expressing surprise that Prost did not welcome this year's ban on driver aids including traction control."Obviously he has a right to his own opinion, but for me I think it's even more challenging and a lot harder than it is with traction control," he said.The Briton also specifically disagreed with Prost's claim that two-thirds of the drivers on Sunday's Melbourne grid could win at the wheel of a Ferrari or McLaren.Hamilton replied: "I think what you'll see (in 2008) is the top, top drivers will rise above the good drivers."He indicated that he was confused about Prost's two-thirds reference, because it is obvious that formula one drivers are all highly skilled."If not, why are you here?" Hamilton said.