F1 » Your views: Are DRS and Pirelli tyres good for F1?


A feature written by Crash.net viewer Joshua Bonser, who looks at the impact of DRS and Pirelli's tyres on F1. What do you think? Have your say, simply click on the 'Post your comments' link below...

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Alan - Unregistered

January 25, 2013 5:12 PM

Pirelli tyres: Yes, f1 has become more exciting to watch as the Pirelli's wear quicker and are not as grippy as Bridgestones meaning its better for the show.

DRS: not so sure, its a good way of allowing cars to overtake each other on a straight but at the end of the day it is artificial, but seeing as the f1 cars of today have become too fast, too aerodynamically efficient for the tracks then it is the only option unless they introduce standard suspension and aero wings which in f1 will never happen

Mark _

January 25, 2013 6:22 PM

Aside from litering the track with marbles the tires do have their merits. I find almost nothing about DRS to be good for the sport. Essentially DRS is a fancy way of implementing Berie's shortcut idea. Not only does DRS create an unfair advantage for the overtaking driver it makes the fastest lap time rather misleading.

Droog - Unregistered

January 25, 2013 7:00 PM

Yes, and yes.
The purists have their arguments, and I can relate to them as well, but for me, both issues are just one more regulation that all teams have to deal with. If DRS and the wacky tire wear are just plain wrong, then KERS should also go. We have had three great seasons while DRS has been active, and the last two with Pirelli have also been spectacular (well last year's SV walkover wasn't so hot, but still some great racing). When ever I talk to Nascrap fans about F1 they ALWAYS cite the perceived processional nature of the sport, the Pirellis and DRS have changed that paradigm, and for the better. FIA just need to get better at tuning the DRS zones in conjunction with the tire choices for each track, but overall I think they are doing a fairly good job.

107SS2009

January 25, 2013 7:01 PM

Pre conditioned artificiality entertainment is what they both provide, but as long as a lot of people that nowadays watch F1 racing gets excited by this preconditioned artificiality type of racing it is deemed good for the sports which once was the real GP RACING.
“THE EXITEMENT IN MODERN F1 HAS BEEN SIMULAED FOR AS RATHER THAN EARNED, IT'S A FLAWED STATUS QUE,THE ENTERTAIMENT IS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE SPORTING VALUES”

JohnO - Unregistered

January 25, 2013 7:22 PM

DRS and Pireli tyres are a symptom of the problem and not the problem themselves. The problem is the forced equality of machinery which is making F1 another spec series. But I'd guess that the majority of F1 fans WANT that forced equality - in fact they don't feel it goes far enough. Look at all the people bleating about how supposedly "dominant" the Red Bull cars are.

The purpose of DRS and the Pirelli tyres is to put back some of the variability which was lost when the teams were restricted from innovating with their cars. Of course if you allow more innovation you have to accept that you will sometimes have cars like the MP4/4 or FW14B.

107SS2009

January 25, 2013 8:49 PM

JohnO, a problem cannot be righted/put right/corrected by the use of a “symptom of that problem.
And how did you came to the conclusion that the majority of F1 fans wants that forced equality, have you been counting the posts of most of these newbees from on these FI sites?.

JohnO - Unregistered

January 25, 2013 9:13 PM

" a problem cannot be righted/put right/corrected by the use of a “symptom of that problem."

I don't recall saying that it could.

"how did you came to the conclusion that the majority of F1 fans wants that forced equality, have you been counting the posts of most of these newbees from on these FI sites?."

Yes.

Of course, what most of these newbies mean when they say they want greater car equality is for their preferred driver - usually LH - to win. How will we actually KNOW when the cars are all equal? When LH wins most of the races! Because he is "the fastest driver on the grid", QED. Aren't you the one who always says that RB is "cheating" by improving their car?

David Waller - Unregistered

January 25, 2013 9:18 PM

How many races been spoilt by someone holding up traffic and the car in front gets away. F1 is a business and the last two years been terrific racing who cares how that's achieved. In actual fact the best car and driver combination has still won the championship and at least we not put to sleep in the process. Obviously the tyres have a big impact on overtaking, if someone has more grip they will drive past. But the reason f1 cars can't overtake is a combination of massive downforce inhitberting grip when behind another car and sanitized circuits. You talk about previous eras but the modern circuits don't allow overtaking especially with high downforce. Take the Hungarian GP was notorious for a boring race last years race was very exciting. That Mickey Mouse section at Catalunga just before the final turn is a friggin joke. The tyres drs and kers big thumbs up for me. Get over it and move on. D

David Waller - Unregistered

January 25, 2013 9:26 PM

How many races been spoilt by someone holding up traffic and the car in front gets away. F1 is a business and the last two years been terrific racing who cares how that's achieved. In actual fact the best car and driver combination has still won the championship and at least we not put to sleep in the process. Obviously the tyres have a big impact on overtaking, if someone has more grip they will drive past. But the reason f1 cars can't overtake is a combination of massive downforce inhitberting grip when behind another car and sanitized circuits. You talk about previous eras but the modern circuits don't allow overtaking especially with high downforce. Take the Hungarian GP was notorious for a boring race last years race was very exciting. That Mickey Mouse section at Catalunga just before the final turn is a friggin joke. The tyres drs and kers big thumbs up for me. Get over it and move on. D

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