F1 » DRS use curbed among 2013 changes

FIA race director Charlie Whiting has revealed that DRS use will be limited in the early sessions of an F1 weekend from next season.

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November 16, 2012 2:20 PM

at last, crash have posted this news. this will mean the end of quali set up being different to race set up, and not before time. many of us saw the use of drs in practice and quali as profoundly dangerous, and it is good to see that the drivers felt likewise.

this will now speed up the passive drd, but that could also lead to similar dangers. it would not surprise me if the fia tried to close these off as well.

as regards front wings, why not just have a spec wing, that all teams have to use? some of the existing monstrosities are just plain ridiculous. look at ferrari , SIX tiers on each side!

cknopp - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 2:35 PM


Go back to GP2 please, and take your Spec blasphemy with you.

@Charlie Whiting

Quit hobbling the teams that build awesome machines so those that build mediocre ones can compete.

If anything, they should be removing any restrictions as to using it in race. That would show what drivers have real brass balls.


November 16, 2012 3:08 PM

ck and paul. i reckon that i understand f1 a hell of a lot more than you!
i do not want a spec series, but the wing issue is one that has been used in a number of other formulae, successfully. i notice that you have not even bothered to put up a counter argument!
the racing should not be about who has the biggest or most effective front wing, but about who has the best car, engine, team, driver etc

cknopp - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 4:25 PM

Since the front wing is the first part of the car to touch the airstream, that means if it becomes a spec part, there would be only one "perfect" solution to the downstream aero package, thus if you spec the front wing, eventually all of the cars will become identical to be competitive.

Opening up more areas of development leads to cheaper gains. The iterative refinement that leads to tiny gains is where the true expense of F1 comes in.

And DRS is a tool, like the differential or brake balance bar. I say bring back the adjustable front wings and the DRS, but give the driver unlimited usage, and make it analog, so maybe they only want to drop 20% or 70% instead of 100% or 0%. That would add skill balanced by bravery.

Something that F1 drivers are constantly blamed by not having...


November 16, 2012 5:11 PM

ck. how on earth did you come up with all that? limiting the front wing does not mean that all cars would end up looking the same. management of airflow over the rear would still continue, but i admit that i hate all these silly little add ons, all over the car. as regards drs, it should be dropped. as you say, lets see the cars racing , not being manipulated into false passes etc.

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