Pitstop frenzy 'too much' in 2011 - Domenicali

By on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May 10 (GMM) Stefano Domenicali has warned F1 to proceed with caution as its new chaotic formula leaves spectators dazzled.

After many seasons in recent history featured predictable strategies and few overtaking moves, many pundits are hailing the Pirelli tyres and 'DRS' system for radically transforming the races in 2011.

But Sunday in Turkey hosted more pitstops than even the chaotic rain-affected 1993 race at Donington, and Nico Rosberg admitted afterwards that he had no idea of his race position until the closing corners.

And race winner Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso also admitted that Turkey must have been confusing for the spectators, while Domenicali raised a safety issue relating to the orgy of pitstops.

"Four pitstops I think is too much, personally," agreed Ferrari team boss Domenicali to Diario Sport newspaper.

"Especially for the safety in the pitlane. In Istanbul it is not such a concern but with other grands prix there will be more difficulties. We will have to be very careful," he added.

Domenicali was happier with FIA president Jean Todt's intention to push for some in-season testing to be allowed in 2012 or 2013.

"It was extreme to go from so many miles of testing in the past to an absolute prohibition," agreed the Italian.

"I have always thought that a compromise was more sensible," added Domenicali.

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