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‘Bahrain F1 was boring’ – but who’s to blame?

War of words between Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone and ‘self-interested’ teams over dull season opener.

March 16, 2010 7:13 by

Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix has been widely dismissed as being ‘boring’ – and there is growing antagonism between Formula One organizers and team bosses over who’s to blame.

According to, F1 team bosses have called for rule changes to liven up the sport following the non-spectacle in Bahrain. Nick Fry, CEO of Mercedes GP, told the website that “Formula One risks being damaged if it does not respond to the criticism it has faced for the lack of action in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix,” he said.

Other team bosses have called for mandatory tyre changes and other alterations to the rules, in an attempt to liven up the action.

But Bernie Ecclestone, president and CEO of Formula One Management and Formula One Administration, says that the teams are to blame, defending the F1 rules as they stand.

“It is basically the same problem we have had for the last few years, with cars not being able to get close to the one in front to create more overtaking. The teams know this but they won’t do anything about it because each team looks after their own interests, trying to win,” Ecclestone told the Daily Mail.

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