After the first Formula One race of the season was criticised for being boring, it seems everyone as an opinion on how to liven things up for the rest of the year – including making two pitstops mandatory.
Renault team boss Eric Boullier suggests a wider choice of tyres could be the answer.
He suggested a wider variable in tyre compounds as opposed to two pit stops after the season opener in Bahrain was billed by many as little more than a dull procession.
Overtaking was impossible as the cars battled to break through the hot dirty air of those ahead while any chance of making up places through pit stops came to an end when the field basically pitted together.
On top of that, drivers also admitted to not pushing too hard in a bid to avoid damaging their tyres.
Within hours of the race finishing, team bosses and drivers were putting forward their suggestions to improve the show while F1 fans were already threatening to walk away.
Boullier, though, reckons it’s too early to pass judgment on the regulations, believing part of the problem could in fact have been the layout of the Bahrain track.
“I think you need to give it a little bit of time. It is not easy to make a perfect show, and track layout can help or can hinder,” he told Autosport.
“I think it will be interesting to see how it develops because I strongly believe this format of the Championship is good, and it should be very good.”
As for a suggestion to introduce two mandatory pit stops, Boullier believes there are better ways to improve the show.
“I am not sure that would be a big help for the spectacle. I believe there are a couple of ideas of having more different between tyre compounds, which would make the show better.
“Or, if you look at other categories, they have more tyre degradation which makes the show more tough.”