Bernie: we need more overtaking

Bernie Ecclestone said action is still needed to ensure F1 remains entertaining – and has warned that the sport got ‘lucky’ in Malaysia and Australia following rain.

After the ‘Bore-rain’ season opener, there were calls to take drastic measures to liven proceedings up. However since then, the races in Australia and Malaysia have been much more entertaining, although Ecclestone is conscious that nothing has been fixed as yet.

Indeed, rain at the start ensured the race in Melbourne was a thriller, while at Sepang the Ferraris of Alonso and Massa and the McLarens of Hamilton and Button all started out of position following a chaotic qualifying session, which left both outfits red-faced when they were caught out by the changeable conditions.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Ecclestone said the lack of overtaking is the real problem. “Don’t be fooled,” he said prior to Sunday’s grand prix. “We have been lucky with the rain. We have got to do something. For the first time the teams have realised that they have to do something about it. We don’t need reverse grids – we just need more overtaking.”

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