Lewis Hamilton reveals F1 teams “copied” his steering wheel re-design

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Lewis Hamilton says he “should have copyrighted” his Mercedes steering wheel re-design, because “the other teams have all copied the wheel”.

In an interview with CNA Luxury, Lewis Hamilton reveals he re-designed his Formula 1 steering wheel when he was at McLaren, and then again at Mercedes.

“What a lot of people don’t actually know is that I re-designed the steering wheel when I was at McLaren,” the Briton said.

“And when I came to Mercedes, I did the same thing, and the other teams have all copied the wheel.

“All the old wheels used to be circular. Now, you’ll see there’s a top and the handle comes down and it doesn’t join at the bottom.

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“I should have copyrighted it. This is something I’m really proud of; I really love working on the ergonomics of the car.

“I also designed the seat for my cockpit; I filed it down and it’s been pretty much the same seat for [almost] 10 years with the team. We also redesigned the pedals with the engineers.

“Those are the things I love to do, as it allows me to tap into a bit of creativity,” Hamilton concluded.

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