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No need to change rules now - Alonso

ESPNF1 Staff
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Bahrain winner Fernando Alonso was one of the first to predict a boring season after the 2010 season opener, but in the cold light of day - and possibly after some corrective discussions with his bosses - he has now admitted that those sorts of comments had been rash.

"I think that many of us have given some hot-headed comments immediately after the race in Bahrain," Alonso said. "It's true that the race in Sakhir wasn't especially spectacular - although for us Ferraristi it was great and exciting - but it's too early to talk about changing the rules.

"We have to wait and see different races and check the situation, without being emotional. Something that confuses the fans is changing the rules all the time."

And Ferrari's team boss Stefano Domenicali echoed those views. "It's much too early to jump to conclusions and we should not react in an emotional way. We must wait and see how the races evolve throughout the season and then the subject can be studied calmly based on sufficient evidence."

Alonso, writing on the team's website, admitted that the result in Bahrain "gave us confidence" but added: "We can't take anything for granted." He continued: "We have to stay with our feet on the ground, keeping calm and staying concentrated: in Melbourne we're starting from square one. Nothing has changed for me: there are four teams and eight drivers who can fight for victory and we have to give it our all to stay ahead of everybody else."

He added that with the current difficulty with overtaking, the key to success will be putting in a quick lap time on Saturday afternoon.

"I like the Albert Park track," Alonso said. "It's quite a technical circuit with some pretty interesting corners. Overtaking has never been easy and what is even more important now, like on all city circuits, is the result in the qualifying. We have to see how the tyres behave with different fuel loads and temperatures, which will be different from the ones we had during testing and in Bahrain."