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(GMM) Formula one lacks the "will" to make sweeping changes to address the problem of the sport's flagging spectacle, according to two prominent figures of the governing body FIA.

When expectations about the 2010 season were sky high, the Bahrain season opener last weekend was highly criticized after a mainly processional race.

But Peter Wright, a veteran engineer and long-time FIA technical consultant, predicted that the problem is not yet severe enough to motivate substantial reform.

"It's like climate change, it's got to be bad before it can get better," he is quoted as saying in an AP report.

"It's got to get bad enough for people to actually have the real will to do things that they wouldn't normally do," added Wright, whose experience dates back to roles with BRM and Lotus.

Another technical consultant Tony Purnell, who left the FIA earlier this year, is more critical of a formula that is not designed to stage good racing.

"The root cause is that the cars are not good racing cars, the formula is badly designed," said the former Jaguar boss, who was central to Max Mosley's failed attempt to cap budgets.

"The will to please the public really isn't there," he added.

"The sad thing is that there are solutions but no one is really brave enough or forceful enough or probably convinced enough that they will do anything about it.

"When they look at the politics of change they all just groan and say 'well, I don't want to fight that battle'," said Purnell.

Carlos Gracia, the Spanish motor racing federation chief and FIA vice president for sport, insists F1 should wait three more races before assessing the success or failure of the 2010 rules.

"It's clear that Fernando's overtaking of Massa (in Bahrain) was spectacular and he was planning an attack (on Vettel) in the closing laps," he told the Diario AS newspaper.

"Pedro also gave us a show with Kobayashi. You can not assess regulations with a single race."
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Rules that give a freer interpetation of design. Years ago F1 teams had a max displacement for powerplants. Teams could then decide if they wanted to run a V6, V8, V10 or V12. It was their choice for their package.

Bring back the gumball tires as in the 80's and 90s plus allow qualifying tires.
Change the aero package by allowing the cars to be wider in addition to wings being no wider than the width of the inside of the wheel rim (left to right both front and back).

Refueling is a tactic and should be allowed.

Pitstops are the teams call!

Points spread should be 10, 7, 5, 3, 2, 1.
This would be a big help, I think.
Schumi earned his first championship (by one point in the last race) with a very similar formula, in a V-8 (Benetton-Cosworth) vs. a V-10 (McLaren-Honda) and a V-12 (Ferrari).
Maybe using the Indy 500 as part of the scoring again too.

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I don't disagree with a lot of what has already been said. For some quick fixes:
- allow teams to refuel or run with a full tank; let them decide their strategy
- Give points for fastest lap and/or most laps led
- starting mid-season standardize on only one tire compound per race weekend

Longer term, with a clean sheet of paper so to speak:
- stop going to and designing boring tracks
- return to traditional circuits either by reducing the cost of having a race or limiting the scope of F1 (eliminate many of the boring overseas events)
- Only allow one car per team but allow a complete backup car
- as said before, go to a displacement limit but allow different engine designs
- use single plane wings; limit end plates to the profile of the wing
- allow testing either on Thursday or during sanctioned testing sessions

Just some thoughts because what we have today is getting stale.

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All 2010 cars have been designed around a larger tank with a ban on refueling.
Trying to revert back to refueling would likely change too many parameters (weight distribution etc). At this stage, changing back may be impossible.
Another consideration is the financial resources of the new teams, stretched as they are, and insufficient for a re design.
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Here is what I would do to fix the problem:
1. Add 100Km to every race so that refueling is going to be a necesity ( that way you don't need to do any modification to the car, everyone should start with a full tank but the last stint would be soft tires and balls in )
2. Give every team 4 more sets of tires for the weekend ( that way teams can do the full testing on friday and saturday and the 3rd stint in qualifying will be the real deal, it's stupid to kill the times with tire management )
I miss the times of the turbo era, when they had over 1000 Hp in qualifying trim! We need to go back to turbo engines.
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As an aside: This is Bridgestone's last year as official F1 tire supplier, with no one in sight to take over.
The teams might actually have to start paying for tires come 2011.
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Webber blames new front tyres for lack of overtaking

2010 Season

Webber blames new front tyres for lack of overtaking
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March 19, 2010

Mark Webber believes the narrower front tyres introduced this season to improve the car's balance were key to the lack of overtaking at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Tyres were pinpointed as a main reason for the lack of excitement last weekend, as they did not degrade as quickly as the teams had expected. However, Webber has revealed that the narrower front tyres, regardless of degradation, have made it more difficult to pass.

"Well, I think the tyres are a pretty big part of it," he told BBC Sport. "They are set for the season but they're different to last year and not as easy to follow at all. There's less grip now following people."

One of the suggestions to improve the show this year is to introduce a mandatory second pit stop. Webber believes it might make the race more exciting for TV audiences but doubts it will do anything for overtaking.

"It wouldn't hurt it," he said. "There is a lot of effort that goes into one pit stop, it's all over in under four seconds and it's pretty predictable now around when that stop will happen. If there are two stops that could involve a bit more tension and the potential for errors within the team as a whole will increase. Two stops will help but that may not be the solution for more overtaking on the track."

Nevertheless, Webber is confident there will be more entertaining races than Bahrain as the season wears on.

"There definitely will be some more exciting races than we saw in Bahrain - which won't be hard," he added. "There was a huge build-up but the race didn't deliver on that. We've just come off the back of three really good seasons of racing, with Lewis Hamilton going down to the last race in 2008 to win the championship, Jenson Button's title fight last year in a season where we saw some really good overtaking."

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