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.