Formula One world champions Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso have hit out at the ‘boo boys’ decrying the state of the sport after a less than exciting opening round in Bahrain.
While team bosses discuss ways to improve the spectacle, and the likes of Bernie Ecclestone and reigning world champion Jenson Button call for patience as opposed to a knee-jerk reaction, Schumacher and Alonso have spoken out to defend the status quo amid accusations that rule changes banning refuelling have made F1 ‘boring’.
“F1 is not like motorcycle racing, or like basketball – it is F1 and it has always had less overtaking than in other sports,” the seven-time champion insisted. “If a football match finishes 0-0, is that necessarily not interesting? If a basketball game is 100-100, is that more exciting?
“Sure we can improve, that is quite clear. There are lots of people who have thought about how we can improve it. We know we would like to improve it, but it is not so easy. It is what it is and the excitement is still there – but differently.”
Alonso was more outspoken, suggesting that no one was forcing fans to watch.
“We need to be calm and wait some races to see if the new rules have some impact on the show,” the Spaniard said. “I don’t think it has changed the show. This is about technique, about how precise everything is in terms of the mechanics, the engineering, everything. People who want extra show perhaps need to reconsider if they want to watch F1.”