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DC: No need to re-invent the F1 wheel

David Coulthard urges F1 to 'hang on a minute' before rushing into changes to improve the show
BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard says there is no need to rush into change in the sport following another interesting race weekend in Malaysia.

Following a below-par season-opener in Bahrain, the action hotted up in Australia while the Sepang race weekend also produced plenty of action after a rain-affected qualifying session left a number of quicker drivers to work their way through the field.

While he admitted that the weather had played a part in recent improvements, Coulthard said that he felt that change wasn't essential to improve the show – arguing that people don't call for change in football after every poor match.

“Of course the rain has played a part in recent improvements – a major part,” DC wrote in his Daily Telegraph column. “But I saw enough at searing Sepang on Sunday to suggest that the powers-that-be play it by ear for now.

“A few weeks ago, after Bahrain, I backed calls for the introduction of two pit-stops as mandatory and tyres that would degrade faster during races.

“And I still think both those initiatives would make the spectacle more interesting for a viewer (although Bridgestone have ruled out providing 'weaker' tyres, so that is a non-starter). However, I'm not so sure now that they are essential.”

Admitting that drivers such as Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa couldn't afford to wait for their pit-stops to make up places, Coulthard added that things were looking up for F1 as a spectacle – even if that could all change later in the year.

“I am not saying that the current rules will definitely work,” he said. “We may well get a dry track in Barcelona, where the fastest cars qualify at the front and then settle into a race-day procession. All I am saying is that after a poor start to the season, everything is looking a lot rosier.

“The top seven drivers separated by nine points? This is turning into the classic battle we were all looking forward to.”

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Jonno - Unregistered

April 08, 2010 11:05 AM

I agree with Coulthard on only one point. Whatever they do they shouldn't rush it. So many changes in the past haven't been properly thought through let's hope this one is. A change must happen though anyone saying otherwise is an ostrich! The balance between aerodynamics and mechanical grip has been headed in the wrong direction for a long time and this year it's become worse than ever. If DC or the powers that be think that we are happy to watch 5 or 10 dull GPs a year they are wrong. It can't be great every time but the essential ingredients need to be right. I'm not an aerodynamicist but I bet that some down force devices don't dirty the air for the following driver as much as others . .

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