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Stewart: calls on Tilke to improve overtaking

"Alonso ran wide at the Yas Marina track on four separate occasions as he tried to best the Renault and yet, incredibly, the car behind him, driven by Mark Webber, was still not able to pass," he sighed. "The run-off area was so well manicured and without obstacles that Alonso was effectively able to make fairly big mistakes and still maintain his position. That is plainly wrong."

Even though the FIA has allowed the use of KERS and adjustable rear wings in 2011, Stewart insists that there is a simpler solution to the age-old problem of little overtaking.

"Unless circuits are modified, spectators and television viewers might have to live with a lack of overtaking for some time," he ventured, "but I have another solution. What if Tilke simply modified the corners around his circuits in such a way that if a driver runs wide he is penalised? What if the surface of the run-off areas was changed so that a car's traction is reduced and a driver going wide loses ground either to the car he is following or allows the car chasing him to pass? Pretty simple really – and a lot cheaper than developing KERS.

"Making mistakes is something we all do. In most cases, we have to pay for those mistakes. We shouldn't die for them, but we surely should be penalised. This is what race fans the world over want to see; the best drivers in the world, in the most advanced cars, competing to become world champion. They should not be able to get there by getting away with making mistakes..."

Red Bull Racing star Webber, meanwhile, has echoed Stewart's remarks, writing simply on his Twitter page: 'Spot-on.'




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