Although Fernando Alonso led home a one-two finish for Ferrari yesterday afternoon, all the talk today is of the spectacle of Formula One and how the Bahrain International Circuit provided a less-than-exciting grand prix. Team chiefs are suggesting improvements that could be made and even some of the drivers are getting annoyed at the constant changes being made from year to year that seemingly add no real improvement.
Martin Whitmarsh of McLaren believes Bridgestone need to provide more fragile tyres to the teams to prevent even the softer compound from lasting upwards of 25 laps. Next door in the Red Bull and Mercedes garages, Nick Fry and Christian Horner believe mandating pitstops might be the way forward, insisting each driver visits his team twice during the course of the race. A little further down the pitlane, Stefano Domenicali of Ferrari thinks everybody should wait a few more races before drawing any conclusions on the matter. And Mark Webber is just annoyed at the rules being changed all the time.
Few people are commenting on the actual circuit at Bahrain, and this may have played a part in the relative non-action we saw yesterday, although the general consensus is that the aerodynamic efficiencies of the cars are to blame for the lack of overtaking, the drivers being unable to get close enough to the car in front to make a move stick. Of course there was some overtaking during yesterday’s race, but this mainly focused in the midfield where drivers were making up places from being out-of-position following on-track incidents.
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