Alonso heads one-two on Ferrari debut

2010 Bahrain Grand Prix review

Fernando Alonso got his Ferrari career off to the perfect start

Fernando Alonso got his Ferrari career off to the perfect start

Fernando Alonso won the Bahrain Grand Prix on his first appearance for Ferrari.

He took the lead from pole sitter Sebastian Vettel, who was struck by an exhaust failure while leading.

Felipe Massa followed his team mate home in second place giving Ferrari a one-two finish in the first race of the season.

Alonso began the race behind his team mate but passed him on the run to the first corner, leaving him perfectly placed to profit from Vettel’s problem.

Lewis Hamilton completed the podium for McLaren after losing time behind Nico Rosberg early in the race. An early pit stop allowed him to easily jump the Mercedes for fourth before taking third from Vettel.

Vettel slipped back into the clutches of Rosberg in the dying laps of the race but managed to get his car home in fourth before pulling to a halt.

Michael Schumacher’s comeback drive was a quiet run to sixth behind his team mate. Jenson Button and Mark Webber caught him towards the end of the race but neither were able to pass.

Vitantonio Liuzzi and Rubens Barrichello became the first drivers in F1 history to score points for ninth and tenth.

Of the new runners, neither of the HRT or Virgin cars finished their first race. Lotus got both of their cars home in the last two places, though Trulli was coping with an hydraulic problem.

2010 Bahrain Grand Prix

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156 comments on Alonso heads one-two on Ferrari debut

  1. derek said on 14th March 2010, 15:35

    Formula ZzzZZzZz

    to all those who supported refueling ban – LMAO @ you

    Formula 1 is dead

    • David A said on 14th March 2010, 16:40

      Way to make all of these statements after ONE RACE, so I LMAO @ you.

      • derek said on 14th March 2010, 16:45

        so things will magically change in Oz in two weeks, eh?

        • David A said on 14th March 2010, 17:34

          Not magically, but you can’t write off a 19 race season based on the first weekend. For all you know, Albert Park, Montreal, Interlagos or others could be classics this year.

          • derek said on 14th March 2010, 20:22

            HAHAAH even drivers bash the refuel ban.. read post race comments by Schumi for example

            this season is gonna be crap because of the ban!! processions all way long!

            man, f*** interlagos or montreal, i dont care about the sights or “history” factors. i wanna see racing not parades!!!

          • David A said on 14th March 2010, 20:32

            Mid way through last year, everyone was like “This season’s gunna be crap because Button will win every race because theres no testing”, and yet look how things tightened up in the second half of the season.

            We have only seen ONE FLIPPING RACE, so trust me, there will be much better races this season.

        • Carl27 said on 14th March 2010, 21:28

          How long have you been following F1, since LH? this is F1 not the NASCAR, overtaking is and has been always difficult.

        • Jonathan said on 15th March 2010, 9:33

          Actually, Australia is usually a much better race than Bahrain.

          I expect tyre wear to be a more significant factor, perhaps allowing a little bit of overtaking. Chance of a safety car too.

    • Daffid said on 14th March 2010, 23:29

      The issue is not refueling, it’s in aero. Or did that pass you by? Perhaps we should just have 20 compulsory fuel stops a race if that’s the bit you enjoy…

  2. Herbie said on 14th March 2010, 15:36

    Bad luck Vettel looks like the reliability issues might crop up again this season and hamper his chances.Im glad to see Mclarens race pace looked more handy than there qualy pace.. all credit to hamilton for salvaging a good position from what seems like an average car. hopefully they can sort out there downforce problem.

  3. chiliching said on 14th March 2010, 15:42

    Unlike Alonso’s Ferrari debut, Kimi won convincingly. If it wasn’t for Vettel’s exhaust failure, I highly doubt a Ferrari win.

    • profesor said on 14th March 2010, 16:25

      I could not agree more with you!!!

    • Well, you guys better get ready for some more Alonso’s unconvincing wins this season.

    • steph said on 14th March 2010, 17:52

      Kimi had the benefit of starting on pole. Alonso admitted that he would have had a hard time passing Vettel but that he was preparing his car to blitz the last ten laps and try to grab p1 that’s probably part of the reason why he was also doing such stunning times at the end.

    • Carl27 said on 14th March 2010, 21:32

      Yes of course, anything that Alonso does is not convincing or worth…bla, bla, bla…. ah, are you a Hamilton supporter by any chance or a Kimi one?

  4. rabbit said on 14th March 2010, 15:43

    This is going to be the dullest F1 season ever , with little or no overtaking : (

    All the great driver pairings and close competition between teams gone to waste with no refueling .

    I’m sorry to say this but HRT sucked like s**t , they’re a disgrace .

  5. rampante said on 14th March 2010, 15:52

    Pretty much a perfect weekend for Ferrari. Red Bull have the gremlins back that gave them so much trouble last year. Many people here like me think that Newey is one of the best designers out there but every now and again he tries too hard and the very unusal exaust design may be one of them.Time will tell.

    • Salty said on 14th March 2010, 16:16

      Yep, congrats on the 1-2. Got to feel for Red Bull, Vettel seemed to have it in the bag. Agree about the Newey exhaust backfiring on them.

      Hugely concerned that nursing tyres to allow 1 stopping is going to limit racing. And now we have all front running teams on same tyres, there is not enough difference in car performance to allow overtaking – not an issue when teams were carrying variable fuel levels. Suspect we will see a lot less overtaking this year.

  6. Herbie said on 14th March 2010, 15:53

    This season will soon turn sour if we begin to see ferrari dominance.

  7. rooks said on 14th March 2010, 15:53

    Would the idea of two mandatory pit stops evoke the same fervent outbursts from the community now as it did 2 months ago?

    The drivers are not willing to race under the current conditions. Alonso being told to back off and cool tyres instead of going for gold? Says a lot about the effectiveness of the points incentive too.

    • beanzoo said on 14th March 2010, 16:04

      bigger differential between 1st and 2nd i agree wit but poins down to tenth i do not like there is no need for it. now 5th to 10th are happy with where they sit points in the bag, no scramble for 8th and one point ( or sixth in the good old days)

      • rooks said on 14th March 2010, 16:32

        My point was that everyone seemed to be happy wherever they were. Cuz slipstreaming, pushing harder destroyed their tyres they had to conserve soo much.

        Aggressive strategies will not be an option either, because it takes way too much time to get past even by someone who may be seconds slower. They can’t extract the 20 seconds from the extra set of tyres for the pit stop, although the tyres themselves easily have this potential.

        Two mandatory pit stops would at least allow the drivers to engage in battles without having to worry about needing an unplanned stop.

  8. Einar AI said on 14th March 2010, 15:55

    I’ve been a Ferrari fan for over ten years, and while this was a good start for us, the race as the beginning of the season was terrible. I was never really in favour of the refuelling ban, and despite Keith’s earlier predictions, I see my expectations coming true.

    Seriously, refuelling and the two pit-stop phases it entailed made even the most boring races (such as this one) watchable. Without refuelling there was technically no action after the first pitstop rush (after lap 20 approx.). In fact, if Vettel did not slow down with his exhaust problem, we would have seen simply a succession of 50 parade laps. That was how bad it was.

    The starts and the opening 10-lap rush was nowhere to be seen. Cars are heavy, and what is worse, they are equally heavy. In previous years, “race-fuel qualifying” for all its vices, ensured that we get some decent action in the opening laps when lighter cars got stuck up behind the heavy ones.

    What’s more, the all-anticipated diversity in strategy did not materialize and while Renault and Williams experimented a tiny bit, we’ve seen an identical strategy from the first eight. This only entailed minor changes to the order, while in the past years we have seen how a successful fuel strategy can decide the outcome of a race.

    I consider myself an f1 purist, and was never in favor of artificial rules such as “race-fuel qualifying” on mandatory pit-stops. But let us face it, if the drivers are made to preserve their destroyed tyres for most of the race, we wouldn’t see any natural changes to the order i.e. overtaking. What’s worse, the significance of pit-stops also dropped.

    What this leaves us with a situation where the best qualifiers finish first with those behind having little opportunity to change anything. Hence, the best cars will always win (at every race possibly) and that was not the case a year ago. So I’m not really surprised at having witnessed an altogether dull non-race and see the red cars finish first.

    I’d give the refuelling ban a few more races but not much more than that. Bahrain does not typically produce thrilling races, but if this farce continues in Melbourne I will not for certain that formula 1 is heading in the wrong direction. I normally hate knee-jerk reactionary rule changes, but if this continues,I say bring back 2009 rules by Monaco so we don’t screw up the season completely.

    • Some good points. I find I have similar fears to you overall. But am optimistic that we may see this pan out a little bit better than you expect. I don’t see the rules being changed mid-season though – whatever happens.

      Having said that I 100% agree that the refuelling ban is a bad move.
      I, like you, have not been happy about this since it was first announced, and hope that this is changed back in the future.

      Oh, and bring back turbos! ;-)

    • “bring back 2009 rules by monaco”

      But then wouldn’t that force all the teams to redesign their refueling systems to accomodate that change? Not gonna happen IMO.

      Personally I think the only sure remedy to the overtaking problem is to ban wings entirely. :(

      • Einar AI said on 14th March 2010, 16:18

        Even though I’m less than happy with the refuelling ban and the new kind of races we get, of course I don’t see refuelling coming back in Monaco. But unfortunately, I can only expect a very boring season ahead with mostly processional races. Of course refuelling was not really a solution to the overtaking problem, but it did encourage it. After all, different cars had different fuel weight in the car and thus some cars held significant advantage over the others as I explained above.

        I’m not alone with this opinion. Just had a look at what some top drivers have to say:

        Schumacher: “That is the action we are going to have with this kind of environment of race strategy.”

        Alonso: “With no refuelling, it will be difficult to see any overtaking, so after the first lap the positions will be set”

        Hamilton: “You start with fuel, you do one stop and it’s pretty much a train all the way”

        If these drivers believe that Bahrain 2010 was a perfect example of no-refuelling-style races, then I have nothing to add.

      • Anthony said on 14th March 2010, 20:18

        You are right rfs, but that means F1 becomes one of the slowest racing categories.

        If we take the aero off, they need more power to make it interesting.

        This season is not looking good. These cars could overtake last season on different fuel loads, but only really consistently if the fuel load was different. The current cars are not ready for no refueling. They need much less aero to enable them to pass but then we’ll find the GP2 cars will be quicker around the same circut.

        Anyone got the answer cause I sure don’t.

        Last year was a fantastic season. Overtaking, multiple position changes. It seems that teams are going to try and pass through the pit stops even this year because they’ve got no show on the track.

        Very happy to be proved wrong.

        • Jonathan said on 15th March 2010, 9:39

          The answer is for Bridgestone to bring tyre compounds that degrade quickly and dramatically.

          This will force teams to stop more than once, and lead to overtaking in situations where a car on old tyres is desperately hanging on for track position.

    • Salty said on 14th March 2010, 16:35

      Totally agree and I was also against the refuelling ban for all the reasons you gave above. But they can’t re-introduce refuelling mid-season, as rfs points out, you would have to entirely redesign the cars.

      Martin Whitmarsh suggested an enforced 2 pitstop minimum, but although removing the need to protect tyres, the strategies will be too similiar across the teams, so it will not dramatically improve overtaking possibilities.

      The proposed diffuser ban next year will reduce the turbulent air, but I would go further and suggest they also bring back refuelling.

      Suspect this year we will be stuffed on the overtaking front.

      • verstappen said on 14th March 2010, 17:56

        If you want, you can easily switch back to refuelling. Just don’t fill the cars up before the start.

        – though I think the rules deserve some more races.

  9. Sven said on 14th March 2010, 16:00

    The car aerodynamics still makes racing impossible so when will we finally see a set of regulations that takes care of this.
    I think tyres should be free to choose as teams se fit for both qualifing and race and with 3 rather than 2 different compounds available. The teams must have the chance to run as many different strategies as possible.
    The only strategy no looks like being to start the race on the soft tyre and make it last as long as possible.

    • JerseyF1 said on 14th March 2010, 18:30

      I agree, in fact I think that they should bring all compounds to all races and give total freedom to teams to choose how to run them. The only way to counteract aerodynamic grip issues is to give them maximum strategic options and mechanical grip and more chance of two cars together on track being further apart on strategy (e.g. last minute pit stop for very fragile but super fast tyres and a sprint to the finish).

      The other problem which we have since no refuelling was last in F1 is the pit-lane speed limit. If there was some way to reduce the penalty of taking a stop the strategy variation would be greater (e.g. new venues could accommodate much wider safer pit lanes and cope with a faster speed limit.

  10. Antonio said on 14th March 2010, 16:13

    All that these clever so called “advocates”, managed to do over the years was turning the most illustrious event in motorsport into something I cant even describe! If this is the future of F1 then… Congratulations to FIA for their fine achievement! Let’s hope that there is more to come, cause all that we need is watching cars going round the circuit in perfect “qualifying order”! It’s a shame realy…

  11. Gazz said on 14th March 2010, 16:18

    Well Done to Ferrari, They did extremely well, and thats coming from a Mclaren Supporter.
    Also Great Job Lewis he was consistant and was so glad to see him grab third and a podium. i see this as the running order for the championship. Lewis, Felipe and Fernando in a close fight. i do hope that Lewis takes the WDC this year, although i cant see Mclaren taking the WCC, but it was a good result for Jenson, i just hope he grabs more like this perhaps even a little better.
    didnt expect to see all the new teams drop out of the race so quickly.
    All in all a good race, perhaps slightly dull, but im sure it will improve in Melbourne

  12. As with 2006, staging the opening race at the Bahrain track just felt wrong. The place was entirely devoid of atmosphere, colour – everything. The flat desert landscape, all barren and dusty, presents a terribly uninspiring spectacle. It is often said by insiders how accommodating the country is, how warm the welcome and so on, but that crucial ingredient – passion – is sorely missing. Albert Park in Australia, where you can actually see proper fans within a hundred yards of trackside, should at least score highly on that count.

    As for the racing, it didn’t live up to the hype, but considering the feverpitch level of anticipation that’s hardly surprising. The big problem today I think was how conservative the teams and drivers were with regards to the new rules, clearly easing themselves in rather than going for anything dramatic. The race pace at the beginning, with laps well over the 2 minute mark, was almost painfully slow as the drivers seemed paranoid about pushing their tyres too hard and risk looking a chump by burning up the rubber. Button even admitted that he had been too soft during the first stint. Perhaps this is partly down to the testing restrictions, as teams just weren’t sufficiently prepared after what amounted to less than 15 days’ running – too many unknowns left over to stick their neck out and take a gamble. As others have said too, the engine and gearbox limitations also deter aggressiveness.

    It’s too soon to pass judgement on the refuelling ban. What happened at Bahrain today was no worse than, say, Abu Dhabi or Singapore previously, or indeed Bahrain itself in the last few years, in that there were moments of excitement in among stretches of not much going on. The real problem is the cars’ inability to follow one another through the corners, the ‘equalisation’ and rev limited engine rules, and the drivers / teams not quite attuning themselves to the new rules and the new mindset required. At least it was reassuring to know that, had Alonso wanted the win before Vettel’s technical woes intervened, he would have had to make the move himself on the track rather than relying on some boffin’s calculations back at the factory to ‘make the jump at the stops’. The truth is, it’s actually quite easy to overtake a stationary car, but a much tougher proposition to actually race one wheel-to-wheel.

    • Jonathan said on 15th March 2010, 9:46

      I agree about Bahrain. I felt like I was watching a test, not the real start of the 2010 season.

  13. Jasper said on 14th March 2010, 16:30

    Just looking at the races fastest laps:

    1. Alonso 1:58.287 on lap 45
    2. Sutil 1:59.393 on lap 49

    If you’re not in a Ferrari (or a Red Bull actually) you’re in trouble. People may say that Alonso took an easy win and to be honest he could have won that race in his sleep. If only Vettel hadn’t had his problem, I wanted to see Alonso attacking Vettel for the lead over the last 10 laps like he said he was planning to do in the press conference. With races of that nature that’s probably what we’ll be seeing through the season, if 1st and 2nd are close like Vettel and Alonso, the guy in 2nd will hang back out of the dirty air and look after the tyres then come the last 5 or 10 laps providing the tyres are in good shape that’s when they’ll be attacking for the lead.

    For 2011, they’ve banned the double diffusers, which is a step in the right direction, but with this nature of racing like we saw today it’s still not going far enough. The aero under the car needs to be minimized, the front wing aero minimized, just a single plane front wing without all the little winglets and intricate crap just above that main plane, the end plates minimized as well, just one surface for the end plate. No turning vains on the side of the car and a single plane rear wing. Also I’d ban the shark fins. The focus needs to be on getting the tyre manufacturer(s) to push with the competitiveness with the tyres. Perhaps rather than push for aero performance the focus should be more on the mechanical side and perhaps have the teams developing their tyres with the tyre manufacturer. Mechanical grip over aero grip, too much aero is ruining the racing! Tell me are you Pro Mechanical Grip or Pro aero grip?

    The refueling ban is good for safety, but most teams have built their cars to conserve the tyres over long stints, so therefore drivers are gonna drive conservatively aiming for one pit stop, which isn’t good for the racing. The teams aren’t going to agree to having a mandatory 2 pit stop rule, especially Ferrari as they seem to be the best at conserving the tyres, so they need introduce that next year otherwise the racing will just be about conserving tyres rather than pushing the limits and racing.

    Just my opinion, but I guarantee this will improve the racing.

    • Paige said on 14th March 2010, 16:48

      I think that Alonso’s lap was just him getting one of those “laps of a lifetime” together that every driver gets, somewhat like Hamilton’s lap last year in Q3 at Abu Dhabi when he had multiple laps more fuel on board than the Red Bulls. Alonso’s fastest lap was 1.3 seconds quicker than Massa’s; do we really think Alonso is that much quicker than Massa? I sure don’t.

      With that said, I think Ferrari has the best piece right now. But I don’t think it’s miles ahead.

      • Jasper said on 14th March 2010, 17:22

        I’m just making the point that I’ve not seen such a gulf between the fastest lap and the next fastest lap in a Grand Prix for a long time. And Remember that all the cars had more or less the same fuel load at the same time of the race, everyone started full and everyone finished empty. So their individual cars performance is comparable throughout the race unlike say last year when everyone was doing different things.

        I agree with you, I certainly don’t think Alonso is better than Massa by that margin, he said he was nursing the car, so you’ve gotta give him the benefit of the doubt on that. But today Alonso had him beaten before his car had troubles, not by much but by enough, however yesterday in Qualy Massa got the upper hand, it’s gonna be close between those 2 all year.

        By way of comparison Hamilton (who remember was in clear air) set the 4th fastest lap 1:59.560 on lap 42, just behind Webber’s 1:59.487. That tells me that perhaps the McLaren wasn’t looking after it’s tyres as well as the Ferrari and that they’re lacking downforce, which of course they admitted to.

    • MuzzleFlash said on 14th March 2010, 17:26

      I don’t think just closing up the top deck of the diffuser and shaving off the little vanes will make much difference.

      The biggest producers of turbulent air are the open wheels and rear wing, the very things that make a formula car recognisable.

      Thats why they did those tests with the CDG wing a few years ago.

      • Jasper said on 14th March 2010, 18:09

        I actually said they need to change a lot more than just the double diffuser and the turning vanes (those big bits on which the Ferraris mirrors are mounted). They need to totally minimize the cars aero dependency, hopefully without losing the classic F1 car shape. Look at the cars from the 1950s, virtually no aero apart from the shape of course, they had no problems overtaking.

        Good point about the turbulence from the rear wing, but that’s not as big a problem as the warm air that’s getting flicked out and upwards by the double diffusers, right onto the car directly behind! The air from the rear wing is generally flicked upwards and over the following car depending on the wing angle. Perhaps if the cars could adjust the rear wing so it’s fully flat on the straights (Monza levels) would mean the following car would be getting a pretty clean airflow which isn’t disturbed as much as before.

        • MuzzleFlash said on 15th March 2010, 8:49

          So you did, I’m sorry I tend to read more carefully then that.

          Yeh the cars from the 50’s focused more on streamlining rather than producing downforce though, much like modern NASCAR, they have lots of overtaking too.

          I just think the reason they seem to keep failing is because it’s almost impossible. I don’t really know enough about aerodynamics to be harping on here, but they need to put the air “back together” as neatly as possible after they “take it apart” at the front of the car, if you’ll pardon the layman terminology.

          I still believe the massive vortices created by wings and wheels, and therefore irremovable, are the main culprits though. The double diffuser just seems to further feed them.

          • Jasper said on 15th March 2010, 16:20

            I totally agree, but you can still have a streamlined car with wings and open wheels, just look at Indy cars. Martin Brundle talked about this in his blog on the BBC website. Also perhaps another change that might improve the racing would be the banning of semi-automatic gear boxes, only have manual gearboxes legal. This would provide the opportunity for drivers to make mistakes changing gear and provide overtaking opportunities, just like in the good old 1980s.

            The weird thing is some of technological innovations that have come into F1 could have been or could be massively beneficial to the automotive industry, in particular active suspension! Banning it was a mistake, it could have had a massively positive effect on the cars we’re driving now if it wasn’t banned, it increased the corner speeds but not nearly as much as the aero has in recent years, and active suspension had no effect on the cars ability to follow each other. Also KERS is a good thing, especially for our eco transport of the future, but simply if every car hasn’t got it, it’s an unfair advantage. As Hamilton’s victory in Hungary and Raikkonen’s victory in Spa last year showed. I’m not saying they weren’t worthy winners, but it did allow them both to overtake cars that were lacking KERS.

            I imagine some people might say that some of my ideas here are like taking F1 back to the stone-age, steel brakes and manual gearboxes in particular. But if technological advances are having an adverse effect however small on the racing do we really want them in F1, they are detracting from the skill of the drivers. These are the best drivers in the world, this 2010 grid is argue-ably one of the best fields of F1 drivers assembled in history. They should be tested to the limit.

            Perhaps we should start a thread on what the ideal F1 car should be, everyone put in ideas and then send off a proposal to FOTA and the FIA with as many fan signatures as possible, because clearly FOTA and the FIA can’t get the balance right!!!

            Oh and in case anyone is wondering, I actually work in the Motorsport industry, but would prefer to keep the identity of the company I work for anonymous.

            All the best, Jasper

          • Jarred Walmsley said on 15th March 2010, 17:30

            Jasper, are you talking about a proper dogbox manual shifter or sticking with the paddles but making them manual shift only?, Because in order to make them a full manual gearbox the cars will need to have a massive increase in width to accomadate this.

    • Bartholomew said on 14th March 2010, 20:27

      Very good Jasper. I would also like to see the cars also being made 1,5 meters SHORTER and half a meter narrower, and also steel disc brakes of a restricted size.
      I agree with you to take all that snowploughing junk off.
      These cars are so long they will make historic tracks obsolete.
      Shorter cars would also be more fun to drive ( more movement and driver skill )

      • Jasper said on 14th March 2010, 22:06

        Thank You I try to give a balanced opinion. Yes I think a return to steel disc brakes would increase the braking distances and should make it easier to overtake in the longer braking zones.

        Speaking of snowploughing junk don’t you think it’s ironic that Ferrari’s front wing is very simplistic, note the two adjustable main planes on the front wing either side of the nose and then the small winglets just above that. And then compare with the McLaren’s front wing, their front wing is almost overloaded with intricate crap above the two adjustable main planes. And yet in Bahrain McLaren said they lacked downforce in the middle sector!

      • Jasper said on 15th March 2010, 18:58

        Well Jarred I’m afraid I’m not an expert on gearboxes, but to incorperate a fully manual gearbox into a car of the size of the current cars, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem according to my colleagues, but essentially the cars would run the same sprockets ratios and gearing as a conventional semi-automatic, so I don’t understand why you feel the cars will need a massive increase in width.

        • Jarred Walmsley said on 16th March 2010, 4:04

          well the main reason is the extra space that the driver would need to be able to reach a gear shifter and change gears. Another reason is the need to have a third pedal in the car to have the clutch pedal, this would involve either widening the car or moving the steering column up as on the TV you can see the brake and the accelerator are on two opposite sides, so you would either need to raise the column to fit a pedal underneath or increase the width to fit a second pedal next to the brake.

  14. Vikas said on 14th March 2010, 16:41

    I think the most effective way to increase overtaking is by setting the minimum ride height of cars to about 15 centimetres…about as much as a road car… so that aero dependance is reduced and mechanical efficiency is given more importance

  15. Zahir said on 14th March 2010, 16:43

    I was watching the build up to the race on the BBC and on there JB said that this should be the most exciting years of F1 for a long time…if it isnt then we are doing something wrong.

    By what I can tell so far they are doing a lot wrong. DDD should have been banned for this season, how they haven’t is beyond me. That stupid quali tyre rule is just unnecessary and leads to everyone being conservative.

    Then I heard Whitmarsh saying that he will try push the 2 mandatory pits. Sounds like a terrible idea to me as we will loose another variable. Wouldn’t it be great to see a new team sneak a point by doing a stop while everyone else has done two? Although I did agree with him that the tyres should be less durable but im worried that this might lead to even more conservative driving.

    I am really worried about this year. It was meant to be great, maybe one of the best of all time but it looks to me like it will be even duller then last years.

    I am praying for rain at every chance we get because to me that is the only way we will see an exciting F1 race anymore.

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