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Webber: This year won't be all like Bore-rain

Mark Webber says there will definitely be some exciting races this year even if the season-opening Bahrain GP did turn out to be a bit of a disappointment.
Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber has said he is confident the rest of the season won't be as dull as the opening race in Bahrain.

Webber was one of a number of drivers that was critical following round one two weeks ago [see separate story: "Webber: Why do they have to keep dicking with F1 rules" - click here]. But while many have suggested more needs to be done to spice things up, mainly as a result of the ban on in-race refuelling which produced a very processional Bahrain GP, Mark has predicted that there will still be some thrills during the F1 2010 season.

"There definitely will be some more exciting races than we saw in Bahrain - which won't be hard. There was a huge build-up but the race didn't deliver on that," Webber told BBC Sport.

"We've just come off the back of three really good seasons of racing, with Lewis Hamilton going down to the last race in 2008 to win the championship, Jenson Button's title fight last year in a season where we saw some really good overtaking. That is what we have to aim to get back to - and I think we can.

"I don't think there will be any big change taking place to improve racing but teams will get used to the new rules and the different circuits we go to will play their part."

Pressed on what it was like in Bahrain and not being able to overtake, Webber reiterated that it was extremely tedious.

"It's very, very frustrating," he stated. "Bahrain was very disappointing race for me and some of the other drivers were going through the same thing - I know Jenson was with Michael [Schumacher] at the end.

"It's one thing it being difficult to overtake but there wasn't even a sniff to have a look at a pass."

So what can be done?

"Well, I think the tyres are a pretty big part of it. They are set for the season but they're different to last year and not as easy to follow at all. There's less grip now following people," he explained.

"It wouldn't hurt to have two mandatory pit stops either. There is a lot of effort that goes into one pit stop, it's all over in under four seconds and it's pretty predictable now around when that stop will happen. If there are two stops that could involve a bit more tension and the potential for errors within the team as a whole will increase. Two stops will help but that may not be the solution for more overtaking on the track."

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10.02.2010 Jerez, Spain, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing - Formula 1 Testing, Jerez, Spain

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Sweeble - Unregistered

March 22, 2010 12:18 PM

I think Mark's missing the point here, F1 has been very dull for years now and this race was just the last straw. This race in isolation isn't the problem, it's that we have cars which are designed not to be able to race being driven by overprofessional characterless drivers who will do nothing to upset their sponsors.

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