F1 needs clearer rules in order to steer away from controversial race weekends, Mercedes' Norbert Haug insists.

F1 needs clearer rules in order to steer away from controversial race weekends, Mercedes' Norbert Haug insists.

Melbourne last weekend staged a highly-controversial 2009 championship opener littered with protests and technical infringements, and results blemished by the spectre of looming appeal hearings.

"Controversy in formula one is as old as the sport itself," Haug told the news agency SID, "and it is quite often exaggerated at the first race of the season."

But the German stressed that "clearer regulations" would go some way to minimising the controversies, for example in the rear diffuser saga and other areas of the technical rules.

"We have been demanding it (less vague rules) for a long time. Different interpretations are fatal for the reduction of costs: obviously designing something twice costs twice as much," added Haug.

He said it is not good for the sport if the drivers who stand on the podium are only able to celebrate provisionally.

"That is a justifiable criticism," Haug admitted. "We are no different to the fans in wanting absolute clarity."

 

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