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.”