No the rules have not been changed. Hamilton simply said that he set his car up for the race, indicating that he has concentrated his set up to focus more on the race than he usually would. Here's the link to the video where he says it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/17712592I'm confused. Haven't ALL of the drivers set their cars up for race trim?
The last time I bothered to check, all of the cars are put in Parc Ferme after qualifying and no changes are allowed. If a car is set up to do only one or two super-quick qualifying laps at the detriment to their race performance, I would think that they would go backward at warp speed, making their qualifying perfomance irrelevant, and probably annoying sponsors to no end. I would see no value to such an arrangement. Has this rule been changed?