Lewis: even my mum found Bahrain boring

It seems that even those with a vested interest in proceedings found themselves unable to get excited about the F1 2010 curtain-raising Bahrain GP – with former world champion Lewis Hamilton admitting that his mum told him the race was ‘so boring’.

Following fevered anticipation – with headline-grabbing stories including the return of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, the presence of four former title-winners in the field, the last two British world champions going head-to-head at McLaren-Mercedes and no fewer than eight potential contenders for glory – the opening salvo of 2010 in Sakhir swiftly degenerated into a procession of nigh-on mind-numbing proportions, with scant overtaking and precious little to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

Roundly slated and dubbed ‘Bore-rain’, the finger of blame has been firmly pointed at the ban on refuelling in the top flight this season – a rule change that has made the cars more difficult to drive fully-laden, shifted the emphasis from attacking enthusiasm and brio to tyre management and fuel conservation, and left the sport with much to prove in the Australian GP in Melbourne this coming weekend.

“I had dinner with my mum on Wednesday night and, when I asked her about the first race of the season in Bahrain, she said to me, ‘It was so boring’,” says Hamilton in the Daily Mail. “I haven’t seen the race, but I’ve heard from a lot of people that it wasn’t positive.

“People were so excited by the hype around the new season, what with Michael Schumacher coming back as well. But when they sat down to watch it they found it so dull. With the heavy fuel load and tyres that fall away, we haven’t got enough grip.”

Despite F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone arguing that the design of modern-day cars and the overbearing focus on aerodynamic finesse is the chief cause of the current premium on overtaking, Hamilton’s McLaren team-mate Jenson Button believes the upcoming grands prix will provide the true acid test as to what shape the sport is in.

“It’s annoying,” the 30-year-old told Reuters. “I don’t know how we’re going to make the racing more exciting than it is. I hope it’s just because of the new layout in Bahrain – and [the fact that] it was the first one – that it wasn’t so exciting.

“I hope when we are racing in Melbourne we are going to have a bit more action out there and a few more ideas on pit-stops. The thing is now it seems the eight or 10 cars at the front pull away from the pack and wait until they’ve got a gap to fall into [before pitting]. We’ve all got the same information, so as soon as we all find a gap, one car pits from one of those teams, and the next lap the other car pits.

“It’s still fantastic [that] you have eight cars at the front that are competitive, and I think we’ll see them fighting it out at races to come in qualifying, and also we will see different winners – but wheel-to-wheel action, we hope that’s going to come. I hope it gets better, for all of our sakes.

“There’s a lot of pressure now on everyone to put on a good show in Australia. The next few races are important; then we’ll know if the sport has to take another direction. That’s not my decision, it’s Bernie’s – but we don’t want all the races to be like the one in Bahrain.”

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It can only get better, CANT IT

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Bring back Mika Hakkinen!

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Bring back ralf s

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Get rid of all the aero trickery, making it impossible for a car to get close to another in dirty air, and instead replace with more mechanical grip (which isn’t affected by dirty air!). let teams have infinite pit stops, so they can change as many tyres as they want.

Also for even better watching, have the car with the most championship points at the back, 2nd highest points 2nd last etc, forcing the top drivers to overtake the slower cars. (this can only be successful if aero grip is reduced dramatically, so that the faster car can actually overtake slower car).

Qualification can instead be used to win further championship points (ie fastest quali time gets X points) instead of grid position

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lol Super GT and Indy was more fun to watch.

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F1 should take a leaf from TCC rules, add a weight to leading cars and the fastest qualifying should start further back for the race.

And give points for qualifying, as Reduce Aero said, to encourage drivers not to do slow qualifying laps to start up front.

Maybe Sebastien Buemi, HRT and Virgin could be given a lap head start, they’d still never finish in the points but atleast everyone else would have some over taking to do.

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the re-fueling may be part of it but not the main reason. The main reason is its a BORING circuit, dull open area with a long boring featureless lap that was the problem. The Aussie GP will have at least 3 safety car incidents and will not be boring, besides it will be nice to see the new SLS safety car if nothing else

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@rangdjoung: wasn’t Ariel some nymf or Greek goddess or something? It’s a washing powder, that I know.
I agree with Sherloqc, more or less. Until they take off all the aero we’re not gonna get any interesting races, ever.

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Maybe they should re-schedule the Bore-rain event in the middle of the season next time around..

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ill hate to admit it but F1 is getting more and more boring and stupid with the rules
like don’t get me wrong you know im a hardcore F1 fan been watching F1 since 1989 and im only 27 now.

the rules are getting stupid who ever making these rules is a tosser and must not watch F1 cause he surely would noticed that F1 getting worse and losing fans fast because of the stupid rule changing, soon the drivers wont be allowed to fart because it adjust the aero you know lol.

1 more thing let the F1 car makers the right to do whatever they want to the cars “see who can make the best F1 car” safest and fastest because at the end of the day it up to the driver to handle the car and bring it to the finish in 1st place

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thats the point of F1 make the best cars in the world and the fastest and make money from winning at the rate they going they might as well put the indycars in the race they wouldnt be far off each other atm.
as it is the car makers atm are strugging with the bidget and not making any money at all in fact some are asking the bank for loan for the F1

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I thought it was quite exiting, although, I do expect more from the start of the most contreversial season in the history of F1.

It’s meant to be exiting!!
They’re meant to finish with the most exiting race of the season, & start with the 2nd most exiting.

they shouldn’t complain about how boring it was, it’s their fault!! drive faster!

I think Bahrain just isn’t suited to be a seaon debut, I think it would be better for the Auzzys to take it over there in Melbourne.

I also hope for the impromtu return of re-fueling!

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Oh well, at least it can’t be any more boring. Or I could be proven wrong in the future races.

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@Ariel I was talking about the race on the 14th of march not december 2008 you don’t know anything about F1 do you?

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Australia will be better. Probably.

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@F1 nut I hope so or I might have to convert to GP2 or something else does anyone have any ideas for motor racing?

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I meant racing I can watch so not touring cars

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weight pentlys for F1 is not a good idea… Take Kubica who managed 2nd. Should he have a weight restriction for next race. Doesn’t he already have a disadvantage in the car he is driving… Think about force india in Beligum last year. Image Kimi didn’t get by Fisi. Fisi would have had extra weight put on him for next race. This team would lose vital money and sponcership for lack of points caused by good development and hard work. Please never consider such an unfair system…

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