Webber says Bahrain was ‘hell’, fans want action

Aussie ace Mark Webber has condemned the Bahrain GP as viewing ‘hell’ ahead of his homecoming Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

The Red Bull driver, in with the best chance of winning his home race ever this season, was very critical of the spectacle that the first round at Sakhir offered because of the lack of overtaking.

“The thing that disappointed me the most in Bahrain was I expected it [overtaking] to be tough, but there wasn’t even a chance, not a sniff, of getting something. That was the biggest shock it was like bloody hell!” he told Autosport.

“When Jenson [Button] got to Michael [Schumacher] I thought he might have a chance, because he has got a good top speed advantage, and Jenson knows how to overtake but it wasn’t easy.

“That was just the surprise to me not having even a sniff. In the past you got a few sniffs here and there and you could maybe have a crack, but it was a different ballgame in Bahrain.”

Webber was not forthcoming about solutions to the malaise, but said that an extra pitstop would not necessarily solve the problem.

“I think we can have as many pitstops as we want, but people want action on the track and so do the drivers,”

“That is the thing we have been trying to solve for lots of years, but if you watch a touring car race they are not passing each other every lap.

“I think the balance of the last few years was right you don’t want an IRL race where they are passing each other 10 times a lap, you want a move that if it sticks it is very good and it is a quality move with a lot of respect between two drivers.”