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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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

Sean Lander

January 25, 2013 9:54 PM

Yes and Yes. Especially now that DRS has been banned from use outside the dedicated zones in P and Q.

Close exciting racing is what people want and that's what F1 is delivering. Remember most people tend to follow drivers rather than manufacturers.


January 25, 2013 10:03 PM

sean. that is the problem. drs and unreliable tyres are doing AWAY with close racing. racing is about pitching one driver and his car, against another driver and his car, DEVOID OF ARTIFICIAL INTEFERENCE.

some claim that the cars are so close in speed that it spoils racing, but it is up to the DRIVER to create a true race.

at least we can be thankful that the fia stopped the completely irrelevant use of the drs in practice. as it was, some set up their cars purely for getting pole, and then fouled up their race speed. those who had the sense to set up their car for a race, were the clever ones.


January 25, 2013 10:18 PM

John, when Lulu wins a race is when he doesn't have had a brain fart.
Whenever I said that a team cheated (regardless of The FIA wording) I have explained why and how and all the technicalities behind it.
Artificiality is a trade mark of newbees following F1 racing and in general of everything in their life.


January 25, 2013 11:36 PM

Refueling needs to return.
Minimum of 2 mandatory stops, 1 purely for fuel, 1 purely for tyres, then pit whenever they want for whatever they need.
DRS needs to go, KERS is alright as it can also be used to defend.

Barlu - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 12:38 AM

Oh, but equal racing went out of the window long already. With current tech it is simply impossible to keep up an interesting (since F1 is a commerical sport) race. You have to find loopholes. Slippery tires don't exist any more untill Pirelli forced them, when was the last time you saw an F1 car powerslide?

Yes it's simulated, but are all 'fixes' such as DRS and KERS not only a direct followup of all set rules by the FIA? People point too quickly to the easily recognizable parts: Within a second? DRS away! Saved a bit of paer? KERS past on the straight! You see them every race, but hudden behind that are the much larger tech limitations placed upon the cars. People like to whine about DRS and KERS because they are easily spotted, while it's difficult to put a value on what a 1 litre less fuletank might do.

People say the racing today is fake, but is it that really so after all years of hidden (and later allowed) driver aids? I think we are actually going the right way again.

You ju

Barlu - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 12:40 AM

You just have to face the fact that today isn't the past. You cant come up with a brilliant idea and get the world championship as you could do in the past, long, long ago.

In F1 the machine is a huge part of the sport, to compare it to the past is a folly since advancements for both the safety of the driver as the limitations of racing have moved on. You can't remove them, so you have to work around them to recreate the spirit of the past. It might not be pretty, but denying won't help you either.


January 26, 2013 1:26 AM

No and No. Anyone who understands F1 knows that the best way to get the "show" without the "blow" is to simply reduce aero and have wider tyres - Problem solved.
Experts and F1 armchair warriors have been saying it for decades. I remember Alan Jones always going on about it, especially in the 90's.
Also its a very cost effective way of achieving the same "entertainment" but with a lot more oversteer and driver input.

nordlys - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 1:34 AM

The big issue is that there is a huge gap between cars. Heikki Kovalainen did drive well these past two years, but caterham is not a redbull. Big teams can spend big money, have fancy wind tunnels, buy talented and expert technicians. Others can't. Good drivers are ditched for others less good but more sponsored, as Klien said. So is it far to race when such a car disparity exist? Artificial stuff is not funny, but broadening the things teams can work on, especially things bought as units, give lesser teams a chance to be good by taking, or guessing, the right moves. Cause Maldonado was very fast and Williams won with a good car, not because the race went crazy. They were fast all weekend. Had one chance, they took it. So did Perez. This year many driver had a chance and drove great. And deserved victory. A few years ago all they could have done would have been a 9th place. With the help of a few engines going on fire. If you take off things money only will make the difference. So any

adam - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 2:32 AM

i,m in favor of the pirelli tyres cause come the end of the bridgestone era it was getting predictable that they're was only going to be 1 stop a race, but with the narrow working range of the pirellis the race has become alot more exciting. regarding the drs it was getting to be dull with the teams seeming to do set-ups for its use through the whole lap so in the races their was little point of it being used in specific areas but with the new rules limiting the use of drs restricted to the area of use for the whole weekend it will become more important this year.

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