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Team bosses keen to preserve 'purity' of F1

There will be no knee-jerk reaction to the tedious opening to F1 in 2010, with team bosses keen to analyse the situation and not be rushed into hasty rule changes.
Formula One team principals, including some of those quoted as calling for change, have warned that rushing into hasty rule changes after the Bahrain Grand Prix would be a mistake.

Tweaks to the regulations were urged in the wake of a less-then-exciting opening round to the 2010 world championship, but those with the influence to make the changes have said that they will resist for now, and see how this weekend's Australian Grand Prix plays out, hoping that Bahrain was a one-off on a circuit not renowned for producing action-packed F1 races.

A combination of new rules, including a ban on refuelling, and the massive hype generated ahead of what many were calling 'the closest competition for years' has been blamed for the disappointment of the opening round, where there was precious little action at the front of the field, and a result only altered by engine problems for polesitter and long-time leader Sebastian Vettel, which allowed Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton to steal the podium positions.

A second mandatory pit-stop and more marginal tyres were among the suggestions being bandied about in the wake of the trip to Sakhir, but the teams' association FOTA has so far held back on pressing for immediate change.

"I think most of us would say that we were disappointed by the spectacle that was created in the race in Bahrain, but I think we've got to be careful that we don't jump into decisions on the basis of one race," FOTA chairman, and McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, explained, "You look at any season, and you will have races which can be entertaining, you will have other races that are considerable less entertaining.

"I think there has been a very open discussion amongst the teams. We're aware that we've got to watch this very closely, we've agreed to meet again in Malaysia, after we've had two races, and I'm sure we'll talk openly about what the options are, whether we need to do anything and, if so, what we need to do."

Mercedes boss Ross Brawn echoed the need for patience, pointing out that 'changes can definitely be for the worse as well as for the better' and that 'some tracks are not conducive to overtaking', while Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali confirmed that the teams were prepared to discuss the matter frankly, but hinted that change may not be forthcoming in 2010.

"If I can say one thing, I think it's better to focus on the positive things of this year, that is the fact that we have teams that are very close," the Italian noted, "A lot of drivers can be champion and I think that, as F1, we should promote our situation. I don't understand why we should speak about negative things after one race.

"I think that, in the past, we have seen very boring races - with respect to Ross, the first couple of races last year were, for us, so boring that you cannot believe it! I'm joking, of course, but you understand what I mean.

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Zzzzz - Unregistered

March 27, 2010 5:14 AM

"F1 has become so refined it is now as exciting as particle physics." Particle physics is pretty exciting stuff, (ever watched a z pinch test?). What's more, at the particle scale they have something called the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, which means you can't predict the outcome of individual events, something sadly lacking in F1 races.

Zzzzz - Unregistered

March 27, 2010 5:08 AM

"A second mandatory pit-stop and more marginal tyres were among the suggestions being bandied about..." Yeah, that's just what's needed to bring some real racing back into the sport, more position changing in the pits and races decided on tyre choices rather than the car, or God help us, driving ability.... I can understand the teams being averse to rule changes now, but these issues should have been addressed before the season, (if not years ago), and not by ad hoc measures that don't address the real problem, such as Tilke's 'stop-and-go' designs intended to create passing opportunities for cars that can't follow each other in fast corners. Remove aero, rather than ruining circuits.

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