F1 » Button: DRS will spice up Abu Dhabi

Jenson Button: It's usually been quite difficult to overtake here, especially last year, but I think that DRS will change all that. The back straight is one of the longest in F1 so I expect to see a lot of action there...

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Mark _

November 06, 2011 6:43 PM
Last Edited 1395 days ago

Personally I would rather watch a boring "real" race than an "artificial" DRS race. At least then winning meant something. As much as I enjoyed watching Button win in Canada I can't help feeling that it was not a legitimate victory. DRS is really just a fancy means of implementing Bernie's shortcut idea.

Football/soccor is not a high scoring game yet it's fans understand that high scores are not required for a great match. DRS seems to be designed for the short attention span type of fan. Instant gratification is overrated.


November 06, 2011 8:48 PM

As I said the overtaking problem of recent years in F1 was of the FIA own making it resulted from the teams being forced to fully concentrate all their efforts on the aero package something which the teams could Easley afford to do as there was nothing mechanically left for them to concentrate on (rule restrictions) by the FIA, it got to the point of being impossible for a car intending to overtake to get even close to the car in front for any length of time (dirty air) gone were the days of slip streaming, the aero package got to the point of being at least 90 percent dependent on for race wins, the FIA tried to redress this problem by introducing KERS but it wasn't enough so they went one further and introduced not only a gimmick but an unfair one at that which was called the DRS.


November 07, 2011 7:32 AM

Surprised how many want to get rid of DRS and go back to processional racing where the result is largely set in quali.

If DRS is the guaranteed overtake some think it is then the driver overtaken would take the place back on the following lap.

Reality is a good driver should be able to make a gap of over 1 second from a mediocre driver and retain their position.

ilovesushi - Unregistered

November 07, 2011 8:32 AM

Finally, a thinking man's F1 fan and, unusual for here, a veritable voice of reason. Well said indeed!
Amazing that Mark and others would prefer to go back to the bad old days with one and a half hour processions where you knew Schu was going to win, a) because he's on pole and b) because his team mate is not allowed to race him.
Ferrari could have won the driver's title in 1999 with Irvine, Schu being out with a broken leg. But the team lost, yes LOST Eddie's right rear during a pit stop, which almost certainly cost him and them, the championship.
Ferrari only wanted Schu to be their champion.
And some of you lot think DRS is contrived????
The logic of some of you here is mind blowing, it really is.


November 07, 2011 9:04 AM

I totally agree with "ilovesushi". I'm not a newcomer to F1 fanhood, having been an enthusiast since the days of Jim Clark. F1 aero created the overtaking problem and DRS is a cheap and brilliant way to cut the Gordian knot of the problem without throwing away aero altogether.


November 07, 2011 10:19 AM
Last Edited 1395 days ago

drs is a system contrived by fia so as to try and allow overtaking as the amount of aero appendages that were appearing were creating aero anomalies. had the fia cracked down on all these aero "aids" there would have been no need or an artificial device. in the days of decent racing, some of the best races were the slipstreaming races. remember monza when four, or was it five cars came over the finish line together? f1 is supposed to be about racing,and racing is about car v car, driver v driver. why should playstation devices be added to add excitement?
i would suggest to susie and other lovers of drs, to go back and look at some of the real races, where artificial aids were NOT needed to create exciting races.

ilovesushi - Unregistered

November 07, 2011 10:59 AM

Thank you beeflin, one more voice of reason, (you, Artov and I should start a little club!), but here apparently, you have to be careful not to disagree with the new age sages of F1...
Having said that..richard
Your slipstreaming example was Monza 1971 (I was 19 years old and at the race by the way! Incidentally where were you ?), closest finish ever, won by Peter Gethin in a BRM P160.
It was not during the wonderful Schumacher years you all bang on about so fondly and incessantly.
It is like pulling teeth BUT...to quote Artov:
If DRS is the guaranteed overtake some think it is then the driver overtaken would take the place back on the following lap.
Reality is a good driver should be able to make a gap of over 1 second from a mediocre driver and retain their position...(AS JENS DID HAVING GOT PAST WEBBER AT THE START IN INDIA!)
But we are wasting our time here because they will not agree, because they do not understand, and anyway, there are none so deaf as those that WILL not hear.


November 07, 2011 11:40 AM

susie. why do you want to know where i was in 1971? i am unsure if you are having a go at me as being a "new sage" (whatever you mean by that), but if you click on my name and read back through my comments, i think that your eyes may be opened!
it is the newer "fans" who are the ones who do not understand the meaning of the word RACE. so be it! the TRUE fans do not want these artificial aids, and in fact, i believe that with the new rules for 2013 , aero is to be changed drastically. front wings are to be reduced, drs will go. those are the current beliefs but things will probably change before then.
i made no reference to schumacher years, so what are you going on about? at least he didnt need drs to help him pass!
and as for no re-passes after a drs pass? tell koba!
finally, the quote is "there are none so deaf as those who DO NOT WANT to hear". remember that!

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