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Action has been confined to the start of both races so far (©GettyImages)
Action has been confined to the start of both races so far (©GettyImages).

Formula 1 drivers: Grand Prix races are too boring

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Drivers from the past and the present are calling for more action in what they believe has become a more 'processional' Formula 1 in 2014.

As the teams and drivers adjust to what most are calling the 'new' F1 with complex V6 turbo power units and their hybrid systems plus a limit on the amount of fuel available in the race, some believe all the focus on fuel conservation is actually preventing drivers from racing.

Certainly the would appear to be the feeling of former Jordan driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen who believes only a small change would be enough to increase the action on track.

"I would give them ten more litres in the tank," he told Austria's Servus TV. "Then they could drive fast for the whole race.

The German also had his say on the controversial quieter noise of the new V6 era but again had his own theory on how to improve it.

"I'd drill a hole in the exhaust," he said raising a smile.

Despite his concerns over the lack of on track racing and the noise, Frentzen, however, does believe the sport was right to put the emphasis back on road-relevant technology rather than aerodynamics.

"Rather than spending all the money on a front wing, now they're investing in sustainable technology," he concluded.

Also not as impressed by the 2014-style F1 is former Red Bull driver Mark Webber who admitted switching off during the Malaysian Grand Prix, yet one of the rookies on the grid for this year remains delighted to have joined the sport as it begins a fresh start.

"I remember seeing cars going 330 (kph) on the Monza straight when I was a kid, but this year we will be going 360 or even more," said Russian Daniil Kvyat.

"With each revolution, something is lost and something is gained," the 19-year-old told La Repubblica newspaper.

Usually not one to give away his feelings too strongly, Kimi Raikkonen has also been quoted as being not as supportive of the new regulations as he once was.

“The racing itself should be more exciting again,” the Finn reportedly told Austria's Loala1.

“I want more fights, more wheel-to-wheel battles, but that’s not so easy when at the same time you want to bring in sophisticated cars.”

After a bumpy start to his second stint at Ferrari, which has seen him largely outclassed by Fernando Alonso, questions are already being raised over whether Raikkonen, who has already admitted this will be his final team before retirement, could leave as early as the end of the year.

Further fuel was added by the sight of Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali talking to Red Bull's four-time champion Sebastian Vettel not once but twice in the Sepang paddock over the weekend.

However, the Italian was keen to play down those conversations.

“We as Ferrari are very pleased with what we have, and I am sure that Sebastian is also pleased with his situation because it looks as if he can fight again [for the title],” he told the official F1 website.

Though the qualms of Raikkonen and Frenzten are justified, perhaps what could be blamed for making the current F1 spectacle a little duller than before is the current domination by Mercedes.

With no fights for the lead taking place at either race in Australia or Malaysia, as each Mercedes driver romped to a comprehensive victory, the hopes of a fierce battle every lap will have to wait for now.

Certainly after the way Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull simply blew the F1 field away towards the end of last year, as if they were not there, it is good to see a different name winning, strangely after the complaints of their recent domination, and only two races in, some are already hoping Red Bull can continue improving to once again give us more than one team fighting for victory.

What is often easy to overlook the terrific battles in the midfield. Given the huge rule changes the fact that so many teams are covered by such a small margin in the middle of the grid is incredible.

As other teams improve the gaps may get closer still so as Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren try to concentrate on catching Mercedes, the battle within those battles could still make 2014 a very exciting year indeed. 

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