Red Bull boss Christian Horner has urged fans to hold off on their verdicts on overtaking with the 2017 F1 cars and the new technical regulations until after the second and third races of the season in China and Bahrain.

Despite a frantic nature to the 2017 season opener which saw Sebastian Vettel leapfrog pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton to claim Ferrari's first win since 2015, the Australian Grand Prix witnessed remarkably few overtakes on track with Vettel's pass being achieved with an overcut during the pit stops.

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It was a similar story throughout the F1 field with a limited number of on-track passes, mostly blamed for cars struggling to follow each other in 'dirty' air caused by the new aerodynamic rules, which has raised early fears of poor races for the rest of the campaign.

Red Bull team principal Horner has warned others to not make a judgement on overtaking and track action until after the Chinese Grand Prix and Bahrain Grand Prix, with the wider and faster circuits normally more accommodating to overtakes looking at previous eras in F1.

"I think we have to reserve judgement until after two or three races. I think if you look at Melbourne historically there has never been a lot of overtakes here," he said. "China and Bahrain are two circuits which are much easier to overtake at before drawing judgement."

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Even though there were a lack of on-track passes, Horner was thrilled to see F1 drivers and teams able to push themselves and the cars to the limit thanks to more freedom on the aerodynamic regulations plus the new construction of the Pirelli tyres.

"The positive thing is the drivers were pushing all race so there wasn't a lot of fuel saving and not much tyre saving going on which was a positive," he said.

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