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MANAMA, Bahrain - Fernando Alonso might have rediscovered his winning touch with a sparkling debut for Ferrari, but he was quick to join the chorus of dissidents unimpressed with Formula One's new rules in the wake of the weekend's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh led the way with a call for immediate changes to the rules - this season is the first since 1993 to see refuelling banned - to brighten up the show.
He was soon supported by most of the top drivers including returning seven-time champion Michael Schumacher of Germany, triumphant Spanish two-time champion Alonso and the two British McLaren men, defending champion Jenson Button and 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton.
In short, they all said the new rules make it near impossible to overtake and with no refuelling allowed, the outcome is decided on the opening lap. Whitmarsh suggested considering a mandatory two stops for everyone and bringing in tyres that wear out faster. - Sapa-AFP