Force India team principal Vijay Mallya has called on Formula One fans and participants to wait a while longer before calling for further changes to the sport's rulebook, despite a tedious opening round to the 2010 season in Bahrain.
With precious little overtaking prompted by the decision to scrap in-race refuelling this season, several team bosses have already asked that a mandatory second pit-stop be introduced at all races, while others have called for the current breed of Bridgestone tyres to be made less durable, again raising the need for extra stops. The only real action in Bahrain was provided by newcomers Virgin and Lotus scrapping over the minor places, and the recovering Robert Kubica and Adrian Sutil who sliced through the field but could only make it as high as eleventh and twelfth respectively. Had polesitter Sebastian Vettel not run into engine problems, he would likely have led from start to finish, with eventual winner Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa behind him in an order established at the first corner.
Mallya, however, insisted that the revised regulations needed to be given more time to settle down, as Bahrain was the first time since 1993 that refuelling had been outlawed.
"It's hard to tell from one race and everybody was faced with a guessing game," the Indian pointed out, "We didn't know how long the tyres would last in the race, and there was no data to really base any proper judgement on. We need to give the regulations a chance to prove themselves and for people to learn how to use them.
"To change everything after just one race is a knee-jerk reaction, let's see how it goes in Australia and Malaysia and make an informed decision about whether we do need to react to improve the F1 show. If we do then at least we have more information to make an proper call."
F1 commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone shares a similar view, calling for patience but hinting that there may be talks at Sepang if things don't pick next time out in Melbourne.