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Formula 1 Bahrain: After criticism of boredom: Ecclestone against rule changes

Wolfgang Wilhelm
Formula 1 Baharin: After criticism of boredom
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D as interest in the first race of the year was huge. But also the disappointment afterwards. Many fans complained about the lack of action on the Bahrain track. Hardly any overtaking maneuvers, hardly any tension. The call for rule changes quickly became loud again to ensure more incidents on the track.

F1 teams have to cope with the rules

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, however, warns to calm down: 'Formula 1 is now a democracy. And all teams have voted for the rules, so they have to come to terms with them,' said Ecclestone. But even if the F1 executive wanted to, he couldn't enforce rule changes. The FIA, the International Automobile Federation, is responsible for the regulations.

Drivers and team bosses had criticized the new rules after the opening race. The teams used a one-stop strategy without refueling. During the course of the race, the drivers just had to be careful not to run out of fuel and stop prematurely, nor to put too much stress on the tires.

Overtaking is still impossible

'It's basically the same problem we've had in years past; the cars don't get close enough to the cars in front of them to be able to overtake,' Ecclestone said, according to the Daily Mail '. The teams knew that, but wouldn't do anything about it because they were just looking after their own interests and trying to win, he said.

At a meeting he tried to explain to them what it was all about: racing and entertainment for the audience, 'not about playing with computers and driving a fast lap'.

Does the FIA ​​have to react?

McLaren -Team boss Martin Whitmarsh, also chairman of the association (FOTA) of all twelve racing teams, urged a rethink of the rules after the race. Managing Director Nick Fry from Mercedes GP said the English magazine 'autosport' when asked whether the opening race in Bahrain was bad for Formula 1: 'I think it would be bad if we didn't react.' In just under two weeks, the Australian Grand Prix is ​​the secondSeason run on the program.

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