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Button calls for Formula One fireworks

Jenson Button feels crucial decisions will have to be taken after the next few races if Formula One fails to brighten up its act.

Button has expressed his frustration at the new regulations which turned last Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix into a processional bore.

The reigning world champion has admitted to being “annoyed” at the end of the race after spending the final third of it stuck behind Michael Schumacher, with no opportunity to make a move.

It means the pressure is on for F1 to improve over the next three grands prix, starting in Australia next Sunday, otherwise the 30-year-old believes changes will then have to be made.

“I don't know how we're going to make the racing more exciting than it is,” assessed Button.

“I hope it's just because of the new layout in Bahrain, and it was the first one, that it wasn't so exciting.

“I hope when we are racing in Melbourne we are going to have a bit more action out there and a few more ideas on pitstops.

“The thing is now it seems the eight or 10 cars at the front, they pull away from the pack and wait until they've got a gap to fall into.

“We've all got the same information, so as soon as we all find a gap, one car pits from one of those teams, and the next lap the other car pits.

“It's annoying because it's a sport I love and it's tough to see a procession.

“It's only one race in, so it's not the end of the world. There's still another 18 races to go.

“There's still every chance it's going to be a fantastic season. We just have to see what happens over the next few races.”

The race made a mockery of all the pre-season hype this would be the most exciting season in F1 history with four champions on track and with the new teams in action.

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