F1 » Watson hits out at KERS, DRS

John Watson attacks the use of KERS and DRS in F1 2011

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May 19, 2011 1:05 PM

I agree with Watson, to some degree.

The DRS is unnecessary and I would like to see it removed from the cars. KERS however, I feel is a very important piece of technology for Formula 1, but the rules stipulating it's use are flawed. When drivers are allowed to use it freely across every lap, the power advantage effectively cancels itself out - as every driver is hitting it in the same places where they know it provides maximum efficiency. It becomes a battle of who has the better system, rather than who is using it wisely. If the rules were tweaked to limit drivers on the amount of KERS activations they have in a race distance, we'd see far more strategic use of the system, and more passes as a result.

But overall, Watson is correct in regards to the tyres being the biggest change in the 2011 season.

Taz - Unregistered

May 19, 2011 1:12 PM

KERS is too expensive, F1 bent over to pressure from the manufacturers who wanted to look as if they had green credentials.

They should have been made to subsidise KERS units for the B teams if they wanted KERS back.

WBS fan - Unregistered

May 19, 2011 2:04 PM

Just when F1 is getting interesting again, people come out the woodwork to criticise the reasoning for that.

As a former F1 nut it's good to feel that I can watch a race to see a race rather than watching a race for a cure for insomnia!!

Leave F1 alone!!!

LazyJournos - Unregistered

May 19, 2011 4:48 PM

It remains to be seen whether the manufacturers develop KERS for road cars. That's where any green kudos will come from for F1.
Mr Watson clearly doesn't give a fig about the environment or he wouldn't be championing the use of tyres that only last 100km. Tyre stops were one of the original 'tweeks' to artificially 'enhance' the racing and in my opinion, are not beneficial today in any way.

renegade - Unregistered

May 19, 2011 5:23 PM

Audi have a kers type system in some of its road cars, obviously not developed in F1 though!! The F1 kers is hardly green, the batteries last a race and have a massive impact to both create and destroy.

hello moto - Unregistered

May 19, 2011 9:19 PM

KERS in its current guise is nothing more than a cheesy push to pass system. If they let the teams use it as much as they want, it would be a valuable way to increase performance and decrease the amount of onboard fuel.

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