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Alonso Wins – But New Rules Haven’t Improved The Show

Posted by Mark on March 14, 2010 | No Comments

Fernando Alonso won the Bahrain GP today, with his team mate Felipe Massa in second giving Ferrari the perfect start to the season. Lewis Hamilton was third and Pole sitter Vettel finished fourth after his Red Bull suffered an electrical problem with the engine, caused by a faulty spark plug.

2010 has seen a host of new rules introduced and FOTA have worked hard on improving the show. If today’s race is anything to go by, these changes have not worked. With the ban on in-race refuelling and the tyre regulations it seems that we are set for some pretty processional racing this season. After the race Michael Schumacher said “Overtaking was basically impossible unless somebody made a mistake,” and Alonso agreed ”With no refuelling, it will be difficult to see any overtaking, so after the first lap the positions will be set,”

Due to the soft tyre being so much quicker and the top 10 qualifiers forced to start the race on the tyres they set their fastest lap on, they are always going to start on the soft tyre. A short first stint followed by a single pit stop to change to the harder tyre is likely to be the pattern the top teams follow, leading to boring processional races.

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