Button: give F1 a chance

Defending champion Jenson Button insists that 2010 still has the ingredients needed for a ‘fantastic F1 season’, despite the disappointing spectacle that was the Bahrain GP.

The race at the Sakhir circuit proved to be largely uneventful, with little in the way of overtaking and the battle for victory ultimately decided by Sebastian Vettel’s spark plug failure and resultant loss of power.

While the McLaren ace agreed with a number of his fellow drivers that Bahrain hadn’t been a classic race, he admitted that it was important to ‘wait and see’ what happens in the upcoming races before rushing into changes in an effort to make improvements.

“I think that even if you had won the race, you would have thought ‘where was the action?’,” he told Reuters. “It’s a sport that I love and it’s tough to see a procession.

“I think we all put a lot of pressure on ourselves in Bahrain because everyone was saying ‘it’s going to be the best year ever in Formula One’ so we put the pressure on ourselves to perform. But it wasn’t an exciting race to watch.

“I’m not going to say ‘What are we going to do about it? It’s terrible’ because I think we’ve got to wait and see. It’s only one race in, so it’s not the end of the world. There’s still another 18 races to go. There’s still every chance it’s going to be a fantastic season.

“We just have to see what happens over the next few races and then people have got to start making the decisions if it’s not going in the right direction.”

A mandatory second pit stop has been among the suggestions put forward in some quarters following Bahrain, where the leading runners all elected to run a one-stop strategy and then save their tyres to the finish.

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Give F1 another chance? A chance to get even more borig. Bahrain was just awful, no overtaking, just a procession. The only interesting thing was none of the “new”teams, specially the Spanish one coming up to scratch. A pure waste money with drivers like that Indian guy. Mamdatory second pit stop, only if they have to refuel otherwise it is nonsense.

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Well Bahrain has never been exciting. Too much sand.

Has I have said. The new rules can work if they scrap the need to be conservative.

Unlimited engines, gearboxes and tires.

We are facing the push of the Prius. I think it is time for Clarkson to make up the rules for 2011, today!

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The Stig to race in 2011 AND Clarkson’s rules… That would been awesome!!!!

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I would like to see An American GP that is on an Oval so there would be drafting and alot of overtaking.

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I say add proper teams, not the silly little brand ones. Really, a lamborghini, a pagani, an ascari, an aston, a bentley, a corvette, dodge, lexus, maserati, porsche and renault, and bring back pre-quali and let only 15 cars on the grid so it wouldn’t be as crowded any more. Yeah.

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last year i was all for no refuelling,so as to have the racing on the track and not on pit lane strategy. HA , what a mistake that was.it was pants though, no overtaking,no racing ,alonso inherited his win ,poor vettel and red bull …the fans know who truly won that ‘race’ .it does’nt help if the drivers have to go in the naughty book if they drive and race and overtake like they want to .so thats stopped too…..SORT IT OUT BERNIE..hercule..

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I’d say the reason of Bahrain not being very exciting is because even the best teams still have to figure out what sort of tricks they’ll have to pull. Some teams started testing so soon before the start, that they couldn’t actually make a lasting impression in the desert sands. Oh, and why not have a race on both Circuit De La Sarthe and the Nordschleife? It’d be amazing.

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reverse the grids scrap qualifying,i know that the qualifying is part of the “f1 package”but really who wants to see the outcome on saturday?and think about the small teams who would for a while lead the race and get some decent tv coverage.whoever has the least points starts on pole and so on & so on. the best drivers would have to overtake to get points we have to make the race more exciting than the qualifying.

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justanordinairyfan is an idiot.
“That Indian guy” had only sat in the car once before, that was in qualifying, and then his seat didnt fit. This team is about giving it a go, and we should applaud them for that.

Luvin the brits is also an idiot.
Ferrari, Mclaren and Williams were once “Silly little brands, Red Bull Racing are only 6 years old, were they a “silly little brand” then?
What about Lotus are they a “silly little brand” with 7 constructors titles?
And what about Sauber? not had much luck in F1 over the years, but have won LeMans, and have even had Michael Schumacher drive for them, “Silly little brand”??

There will not be any re-thinking concerning re-fueling this year, because the cars are designed around the rule, it would not be practical or financially viable for the teams to return to re-fueling. Most of the cars could not be re-fueled during the race anyway due to their design.
So we are stuck with this for the year.
Hands up who are looking forward to Monaco…
Nope didnt think so.

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So what could they do half way though a season? Scrap the limited engine / gearbox rule? Enforce a third tyre choice? Where else could they go?

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What disappointing race? That was good (decent?), if not a bit weird.

@The Barsteward:
-do the 2010 cars still have the previous refueling hatches on their sides, even if they won’t be used during race?
-Yes, Lotus won a lot back in their era. But I don’t see any resemblance between this Lotus and Collin Chapman’s Lotus. Just the name…

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YankeeDoodle:
Aparently not in some cases. Dont know how they do the fueling but it seems that race re-fueling is not possible due to the build.

He was on about the brand, and Lotus as a brand has been around a long time. Agreed Lotus racing proper probably died with Colin Chapman.

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@Paul:
amazing idea man..
hope you read this, Bernie.

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Bring back the 107% rule, and then restrict the top teams to the worst tire over the weekend, giving the small teams a chance to get up there and increase OVERTAKING!

Also, bring back refuelling, so more overtaking is created by people pitting at various points in the race, to increase OVERTAKING!

Give a point or two away for the fastest lap, to spice up the fact that getting in very quick laps could bank more points in, allowing drivers to charge and increase OVERTAKING, otherwise F1 WOULD turn into a race to see who looks after their tires the best.

Bye!

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