Seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher and commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone have both backed the rule changes made for the 2011 season in an effort to improve the show.

Less durable tyres from Pirelli as well as the return of KERS and the introduction of the Drag Reduction System has seen a noted increase in overtaking in the races run so far this season, while the durability of the tyres has also seen strategy once again play a key role in deciding the outcome of the opening races of the year.

"To me there is more justice as the quicker driver should be in front," Schumacher told the BBC prior to this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix. "And it is more spectacular. There is fantastic fighting and I have to say I've enjoyed it big time.

"[Previously] If you weren't so much quicker, or not quicker at the right point on the track, you wouldn't pass. Now you still need to be quicker than the guy in front of you but you don't need to be miles quicker and you can play with the various systems in order to make overtaking possible.

"It's a day-and-night of a difference and it's a mega success what we've been seeing."

Ecclestone has also backed the changes made for the new campaigjn, and praised in particular the work carried out by Pirelli to develop a tyre that has improved the show.

"When we switched to Pirelli I asked them to make tyres that wouldn't last for more than a third of the race, and they said that technically they couldn't," he told the official F1 website. "I told them that I don't want to have a tyre that goes on at the start and comes off at the finish. That's not exciting. So you can imagine that I am so happy with Pirelli and I thank them. They've done a super job."



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