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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Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

November 07, 2011 1:01 PM

Nice sparring guys, this topic has been more entertaining than most races!
But seriously, you can bleat on as much as you want about DRS, but until a viable alternative is found its here to stay, simply because the vast, overwhelming majority of F1 viewers couldn't give a toss about HOW overtaking is achieved so long as it IS. We on Crash aren't in any way representative as a group. So, my hope is that the FIA look at this year's races and adjust the DRS zones so the advantage is an 'only just' thing rather than either a foregone conclusion or impossible to use. Or is that to sensible for y'all?


November 07, 2011 2:23 PM

pc. you been hiding again? yes, what you say makes sense. as you state, the VIEWERS want to see passing, and therefore that is what is "important" to them. however, i believe that TRUE FOLLOWERS of f1 want to see RACING. without artificiality! a prime example of the deficiencies of the drs was webber v lulu. webber passed lulu ON MERIT, without artificial intervention, but then lulu was able to repass almost immediately as he had just entered the drs zone. to me, that was not racing. maybe i am too much of a purist, but thats just the way i am!
so yes, the fia needs to put in more controls until the drs is outlawed.


November 07, 2011 2:24 PM

the debate is pointless.
The track is the determining factor in overtaking without DRS.
I for one love to see the immense cornering capabilities of these cars, and that means you need the Aero. But the cost of either track mods (either losing classic track layouts or simply reconfiguring corners in Abu Dhabi) would be prohibitive.
Particularly with someone like Bernie running the circus, who knows how long a circuit has? Contract or no. Makes for bad risk for Return on Investment.
So all that's left to patch up the "hole" in the F1 game is DRS or something like it.
And it has proven to be useful and as drivers are beginning to use it strategically as well, interesting to boot.
So Blah blah, I hate DRS, blah blah, History, blah blah.
Deal with it, particularly since it makes some kind of sense.
Steven Fry said once that he would not like to live in any other time period than the present, becasue we are living at the absolute peak of Human knowledge and technology.
F1 was made for this k


November 07, 2011 2:43 PM

Completely agree with you're DRS points Richard, far too artificial at least the old turbo boost button required thoughtful management and could also be used to defend, unlike DRS.
Bring back ground effects, problem solved.

PS I'm back, have all you hamster fans missed me? :)

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

November 07, 2011 3:19 PM

@richard. I wasn't hiding, I was unemployed for a year therefore too busy to loaf around on forums. Now I'm employed again so have loads of time!

Agree on the non-purist/purist thing, although as a fan of the relatively contrived USA forms of racing I am maybe not as 'pure' as you.

If we talk about skillful use of artificial aids, perhaps offering a LIMITED number of DRS/KERS applications per race (as in US!) would be a step in the right direction, after all, this is what applies with THE most artificial aid of all, the tyres.....


November 07, 2011 4:34 PM

Rich, I made the mistake of moving house and the even bigger mistake of believing Talk Talk when they told us that our new phoneline and broadband would be up and running the day after we moved into the new house. It took 8 hours of talking to Talk Talk then switching back to BT and 5 bloody weeks to get a phoneline in!! Just got it back this afternoon, it's been so long I forget how to type!
Hope you're all doing well, I've read a few of the posts, nice to see the hamster fans are still living in denial lol.


November 07, 2011 4:37 PM

Artov, In all honesty with the amount times the BBC team get the most simple things wrong I've got to the point of checking the calendar when they tell me it's Sunday, just to make sure...

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