Sauber's Pedro de la Rosa has predicted that the teams will have a greater influence on the outcome of the races in F1 2010 following the decision by the FIA, the sports governing body, to scrap refuelling.
de la Rosa will return to racing this season following a long spell on the sidelines as a McLaren test and reserve driver. Indeed he last did a full season of F1 racing back in 2002 when he was with Jaguar and while he did get to race during his time with McLaren, subbing for Juan Pablo Montoya in 2005 and again in 2006, when the Colombian signed a deal to go and compete in NASCAR, for the last three years he has had to watch the action from the sidelines.
Speaking in the countdown to the Bahrain Grand Prix, it is clear he is looking forward to actually racing again: "All I want is to fight because this is what I missed most," he said. "It is difficult to tell yet which track will be good for our car though.
"But in any case it will be very interesting to see how the strategies unfold, and how the teams will react to each other's strategy in the race. Due to the fact that refuelling isn't allowed anymore, the team can influence the outcome a lot more.
"After we have had four good tests on three different circuits I feel very confident for the season's start. I covered a lot of mileage with the team and we learnt a lot. Bahrain will mark my return to racing and I can't wait."
Asked about the Bahrain International Circuit, de la Rosa added that it is a track he likes, even though he has only raced there once and even though it has been modified for this year's grand prix.
"I have good memories of Bahrain. In 2005 when I had to jump in I scored the fastest race lap [and eventually finished fifth]. In 2007 I was there for two days of testing too. However, I think the new section which is added to the infield will make it an all new track, because it means we have to adapt the downforce level," he continued.
"The best aspect of the circuit is that you can overtake. There are three long straights with each followed by a corner where you have to brake really hard. We will have good racing there, I think."