• Bahrain Grand Prix

'We are beholden to put on a good show' - Fry

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastian Vettel was overtaken in Bahrain but only because he suffered from mechanical problems © Getty Images

With the criticism of the media and fans ringing in their ears, several senior figures in the leading teams have raised their own concerns over the new rules in the aftermath of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

"I think we've all seen a race that was far from the most exciting that we have ever seen, and what we now need to do is between us have a look at it and establish what we do need to do," Mercedes chief executive Nick Fry told Autosport. "I think we should look at both the technical side and the sporting side, with Bernie and the FIA, and see what we can do about it.

"The most important people are the customers. They are the people who pay to come to races, or watch it on television. We are beholden on them to put on a good show and we should see what we should do."

There is already talk about making a second pit-stop mandatory and possibly modifying the rules on tyres.

Red Bull's Christian Horner would support that: "It seems ridiculous that the guys train like hell for one stop. Perhaps we should review it after the first three or four races."

McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh would also back that plan. "We were one of three teams that said we should have two mandatory pit stops because we were worried about one-stopping," he said. "I think we have to re-examine that."

Fry agreed. "We decided against it before, but is something that clearly could be done. I don't think it would provide a particular advantage or disadvantage to anyone as far as I could see, but I am sure it is going to be high up on the list."

However, Ferrari's team principal Stefano Domenicali wanted to "wait and see how the other races will develop" before any changes were made. "It may be a different situation in different conditions, so I would like to tell you my opinion after a couple of races."