Enthusiasts: First Conclusion for Better Racing: What's going on well and what you need to work

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"The great winners of the first two races were the Formula 1 fans and Formula 1 Even "says McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl after the start-up race in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Because these were basically the fire baptism for the new regulations developed with the goal of seeing better racing.

"There were two main intentions: once to reduce the distance between the top teams and the cars behind them and second to have narrower racing - and both goals were fulfilled," Ferrari team boss Mattia Bombotto draws a positive conclusion. Because because the cars can follow each other better, the opportunities are higher on overtaking maneuvers.

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also showed the two duels between Charles Leclerc and Max for the guidance in Sachir and Jidda - each with different output. Both tried several times to overtake each other. Three times Leclerc had to defend himself in Bahrain and could always go down immediately, in Jedda he had no chance in the third time.

and that there is several attack options for a driver, the pilots are pleased: "Before you had to try as soon as you had the chance, because it was probably just one," says Alpines Esteban Ocon, who in Jedda a lap-long duel Teammollege Fernando Alonso had delivered.

"But now you have two or three chances per round," says the Frenchman and see "a new philosophy". Because now you have to time his attack properly and open the gap at the right time. "You know: If you do not tear the gap to the cars behind you, then get Drs and overtake you right back."

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Better predictability

What the drivers praise the new cars, especially is the predictability. Previously, behind another vehicle went so much output lost that the driver did not know in the next curve, which expects him in the curve. "At that time it was difficult to understand if you will lose grip in front or back," says Ferraris Charles Leclerc.


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But because the output is now increasingly won over the ground-effect rather than the aerodynamics, the output loss is no longer so high and The car becomes more calculable. "This is a great help for our confidence," praises Leclerc. "It's definitely a step in the right direction, and I love it!"

itself when stages had overtaken in Bahrain for a short time, the Monegasse knew that it was not over yet. However, he admits that he himself was surprised about how well he could follow. "I thought it would be extremely difficult, but I could follow. That was nice."

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do you need the right tires?

However, one has to remain careful with the evaluation. On the one hand, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have long straight lines that invite for overtaking, on the other, the teams will develop their cars over time, so that a conclusion after two races would be premature. And: some construction sites have shown.

max stages says that overtaking was easier as long as he was on the hard tire. "The other mixtures were simply broken," says Red Bull Pilot. "As soon as one follows another for a few rounds, break up."

This has for him but also with the significantly higher weight of the new Formula 1 cars, which is not exactly conducive to the new tire. "We have to look at that for the future," he asks. "We've done that and improve the racing, but if you do not leave the tires for some reason, then the pity is."

Australia and Imola as a test stone

The next test must consist of Formula 1 at the upcoming two race weekends, because Melbourne and Imola have long been considered to be overhauled, even if in particular in Australia has been done a lot on the track to change.

"We have many DRS zones again, so we could get an interesting race there," says Fernando Alonso. "But we then have to wait for normal races like Barcelona or Imola and look how easy or difficult the overtaking then is," said the Spaniard.

also Andreas Seidl knows that it is still too early for a real conclusion, but the two first races had shown him that the measures of Formula 1 and the FIA ​​are "very promising". "I think we're standing back a very exciting season."

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