F1 » Button: DRS in the tunnel would have been madness

McLaren-Mercedes star and former Monaco Grand Prix winner Jenson Button argues that the FIA has done precisely the right thing in banning the use of DRS through the tunnel in the Principality this weekend

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Mark _

May 25, 2011 7:00 PM

So basically he and the FIA are saying that the drivers are not smart enough to decide on their own when they can safely use the DRS. What is next, are they going to mandate how much wing you have to run?

Kiko - Unregistered

May 25, 2011 7:13 PM

Full throttle in the tunnel would be madness, let's put an electronic limiter on it.

The driver who uses his package the best will be quickest, that means using the gas, brakes, kers and DRS in the right places.

Taking the skill away again.

andrew. - Unregistered

May 25, 2011 7:39 PM

On one hand the FIA are coming across with a bit of a nany state on this one but on the other if DRS is allowed in the tunnel, someone will try it and they will have a massive accident.

But above all, the FIA has a responsibilty for sriver safety. Perfectly reasonable action taken by the FIA.

Taz - Unregistered

May 25, 2011 8:10 PM


I guess they had little choice but they didn't limit the 1600bhp Turbo cars in qualifying but that was a long time ago and the world is much safety concious now (read: boring).

Amazed if there isn't a health and safety man there monitoring if they pressed the button :rolleyes: ....just in case

cleme1 - Unregistered

May 25, 2011 8:19 PM

I for one believe it's right not to use drs in the tunnel,just think of the marbles these new tyres throw up,you only have to be slightly off line especially in overtaking it would be disaterous ask Montoya if my memory serves me right,

Rob01 - Unregistered

May 25, 2011 8:24 PM

Montoya rammed Schumacher while in the tunnel under safety car. Schuie was notorious for stopping and starting rapidly under restarts. His way of creating a huge gap. He did it to Juan and was rammed. Race over for MS. Laughed my rear end off.


May 25, 2011 8:25 PM

Don't be daft, DRS zones are preset at every race and no, the drivers don't get to decide for themselves. What on earth would be the point of it in the tunnel? The low downforce would increase tunnel speed to the point where, even if they didn't crash, drivers would find themselves unable to slow down for the chicane and crash there. Overtaking after the tunnel doesn't need DRS - it's more fun to let 'em scrabble past each other the way they have in the past.

Mark _

May 25, 2011 9:37 PM

@Beeflin - this was not for the race it was for practice and qualifying. In those sessions they can typically use the DRS anywhere that they want to. I wonder if they will allow them to use it on the Parabolica when they get to Monza?

Taz - Unregistered

May 25, 2011 11:24 PM


Thanks for the clarification, was pretty sure that was the case, guess it's a special case for the tunnel, a few pretty cr4p cars on the grid this year

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