Double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso has cautioned against making any 'hot-headed' or 'emotional' decisions regarding the top flight's regulations in the wake of the soporific curtain-raising 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir last weekend – advising instead the adoption of a more reasoned 'wait-and-see' approach.
The almost complete lack of overtaking and premium on the excitement factor under the desert sun earlier this month has led to fervent criticism and calls from many of the sport's leading figures for a radical and urgent change to the rules.
The ban on refuelling re-introduced for 2010 has been blamed with making the cars too heavy to drive on full tanks to even countenance trying to pass the driver ahead – and then as the fuel load burns off, the onus shifts to tyre-management rather than on-track aggression.
Alonso might well stick up for the current regulations in the wake of the resounding Ferrari one-two that he led home in Bahrain – but both the Spaniard and the Scuderia's
team principal Stefano Domenicali have backed the contention of F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone that there is no need to panic just yet and that a longer period of grace should be permitted before any firm conclusions are drawn as to the refuelling ban's success or failure.
“I think that many of us gave some hot-headed comments immediately after the race in Bahrain,” mused the 28-year-old Oviedo native. “It's true that the race in Sakhir wasn't especially spectacular – although for us Ferraristi
it was great and exciting – but it's too early to talk about changing the rules.
“We have to wait and see different races and check the situation, without being emotional. Something that confuses the fans is changing the rules all the time.”
“It is much too early to jump to conclusions and we should not react in an emotional way,” concurred Domenicali. “We must wait and see how the races evolve throughout the season, and then the subject can be studied calmly based on sufficient evidence.”
The proposal to make two pit-stops mandatory per driver per grand prix has been mooted as a potential solution by team principals Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren-Mercedes) and Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing).