As to the season in general, McKenzie suggests that fans are perhaps unlikely to witness a re-run of the thrilling five-way drivers' title fight that characterised F1 2010 – but the raft of regulation changes will make the opening races fascinating, she concedes, as everybody endeavours to rapidly get to grips with a wealth of new technology.
“It should be quite simple on paper and yet it's not, because we've got [moveable] rear wings and KERS coming back and things like that,” she stated. “I think it will be maybe more stable for the front-runners. I'm not sure we'll get that situation where we've got four or five guys fighting it out in the last couple of races, much as that was fantastic. I think the first few races will be key, when we'll see who's managing all these bolt-ons better than others, and also who can press all the buttons at the right time on these very complicated steering wheels!”
The F1 2011 World Championship campaign will rev into life with the curtain-raising Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir on 13 March. The BBC
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