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New engine limits fixed by fia have definitely killed overtakings. Now engines power and then top speed of the cars are very similar so it's very difficult for a driver following another one and attacking him.
So Nick Heidfeld have done a very good job :-)
Oh really chaps. I can't let you get away with this. Some of these comments sound like a stuck record from the Schumacher era when he drove away from the field and the races really WERE boring and no-one overtook except via pit stops.
Did you actually watch the Bahrain race and take in what was happening? It was fantastic. Rookie Hamilton pushing the Ferraris, Heidfeld passing Alonso, a great midfield scrap with the Toyotas, Williams, Red Bulls and Renaults, DC tearing through the field, lots of overtaking. The most open championship for years, 4 or 5 drivers in with a chance and no team favourites!
And I'm not a starry eyed newcomer to F1, I've watched every race since 1985. Certainly that was a great era with Mansell, Prost, Senna and Piquet but as ever there were fast cars and slow cars. Even those great drivers couldn't win in a slow car. I do agree that most of the electronic aids should be dropped and whilst it would be fascinating to put all drivers in identical cars like A1GP that wouldn't be F1...
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Whilst i agree that the Bahrain Grand Prix was the best for a while and certainly Nick Heidfeld is one of the most underrated drivers in a long time, the racing just isn't as 'raw' as it used to be.
With regard to 'inconvenientlyhere' I can remember Senna 'winning' the '84 Monaco Grand Prix in a Toleman, the Brazilian Grand Prix in a McLaren stuck in 5th gear on slick tyres in drizzle and had reliability not intervened he would have won the World Championship in a Lotus in '86 ! I also remember Mansell literally fighting his way to a win in a Ferrari and so on.....it just all seems a little too sanitised now, too methodical, less seat of the pants.
I definately think that manual geaboxes should be reintroduced (and no lights to tell the driver when to change gear), slick tyres, turbos, cut out the refuelling and drastically reduse the use of electronic aids, surely this would also make it cheaper to run an F1 team as they would need to spend less on telemetry and electronic gadgets and encourage more competition, what do you guys think?