Mark Webber says the lack of passing at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix does not bode well for the rest of the races where one-stop strategies are expected.
The Sakhir race has been criticized because of its lack of action following all the excitement ahead of the start of the season. There have been calls to react and make some changes to the rules in order to spice up racing, although Formula 1 commercial rights manager Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday warned against knee-jerk reactions.
Webber admitted he got frustrated by the lack of overtaking opportunities during the race.
"It got pretty boring," Webber told Australia's Daily Telegraph. "I spent 48 laps staring at the gearboxes of first Schumacher and then Button and there was nothing I could do to pass them. I tried everything – different lines, pressure, everything. But they're both good drivers and neither of them made a mistake."
The Australian, who was stuck behind McLaren's Jenson Button for several laps, is hoping the upcoming circuits offer more chances to pass. He admitted he was "shocked" by how hard overtaking was.
"I was quicker than him but I was unable to find a way through," Webber said. "He didn't make a mistake and if I'd tried to force the issue it would have ended in a crash.
"I was pretty shocked by how hard it was to overtake and it doesn't bode well for any of the one-stop races on the calendar, when everyone is going to be following pretty much the same strategy. We can only hope that other circuits will lend themselves to overtaking more than Sakhir."