Alonso: New rules should be given time
7 March 2014 – Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has urged Formula 1 to avoid making knee-jerk reactions to its new regulations, after a mixed start to life under the sport's latest turbocharged era during pre-season testing.
For the upcoming campaign, 1.6-litre V6 turbo power units have been introduced along with a host of aerodynamic and chassis modifications, creating a vastly different challenge behind the wheel.
But Alonso says the rules need to be given time, claiming that drivers will soon get used to the changes.
"As drivers, we will get used to it quickly and so I hope these rules aren't immediately overturned and that they stay unchanged for a few years," said Alonso ahead of next weekend's Australian Grand Prix.
"Otherwise the spectators could lose confidence in this new F1 which is very complex, even for the viewer."
Alonso reckons race weekends will be significantly different this season as a result of the tweaks, which include a fuel flow limit of 100kg per Grand Prix, a target that is set to be pushed to the limit on Melbourne's streets.
"The new rules are very different to what we were used to," he said. "I think the concept of what constitutes a Grand Prix will actually change this year, with Saturday and Sunday being very different from one another.
"In qualifying, one will be able to get everything out of the car, pushing the new power unit to the limit, trying to get the absolutely best result. But in the race you won't get anywhere near that level.
"Last year, towards the end, on new tyres, you could do very quick lap times, whereas in the closing stages this year, you will have to bear in mind how much fuel you have left, the state of the batteries and the tyres.
"You will need to be very clever. The new strategies could see drivers being unable to go flat out to the end."