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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jim crint - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 9:35 AM

NO to DRS! NO to Pirelli tyres that 'fall off the cliff!'

In 2010 we had one of the most exciting seasons ever in f1 with 5 different drivers leading the championship at various times, with something like 9 changes at the top of the leader board, the title decider being the very last race. There was no DRS that season, nor was there Pirelli tyres that degrade in such a ridiculous fashion (last season really was a joke at times).

I rest my case!


January 26, 2013 9:56 AM

As a purist it does seem a bit too artificial.

As a racing fan it's great and provides the entertainment we all want to see which is close hard racing!

I believe the tires are the main factor rather than DRS!

Garyg - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 10:39 AM

Consider drs, kers and tires to be tools used to do your job. To do the best job, you have to use the best tools available for the job. Some tools are mandated, others tools are selected by you. It will become a problem when there are no more tools that are selected by you and all tools are mandated. That time is close but it is not yet here. I appreciate everything that the rule making people have done to keep the drivers safe, but it is time that they give a little more freedom to the design teams so we can have more grass roots racing.

Luddite - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 3:01 PM

With the introduction of Pirelli tyres, DRS and KERS F1 has been reduced to the status of American Wrestling - entertainment for money. Choreographed motor ballet. Drivers spend more time now conserving tyres fuel and engines tha they do actually racing. It's not Pirelli's fault, they're producing the type of tyres they're asked to produce and they do a good job of it too. The 'racing' in a Grand Prix is getting more and more boring, it certainly isn't getting me excited to think of the up-coming GP season.

hatta - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 3:12 PM

Well, may be just my opinion but I think right now the people who are in charge in F1 only think about making money from this business, they just need the drivers who can bring money, they dont care if these drivers can overtake or not or even have the speed, cos they have the DRS and the tyres to bring the action. That's why driver like kobayashi doesnt have a seat. Cos the action he can bring can be be faked with the DRS or the tyres.

fastlane66 - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 5:45 PM

Absolutely DRS is degrading quality of Formula One car driver and Formula One race itself.
If they want to see many over taken during the race and doesn't want to see slow car holding up fast car and then they can do with modifying track. There's many expertise in Motor sport and they can fix it.
Pirelli Tyre rubber has problem. Pirelli can make quick wearing Tyre if they like but Marbles should not be coming off from Tyre. A year after another year but Pirelli doesn't have the clue for how to control Marbles coming off from their Tyre.
The Marbles litter on track is waiting for big accident.

Bobdredds - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 7:09 PM

I think Pirelli are doing a good job and are contributing to the overall show. I'm sure htey will improve this year. However DRS is an abomination that makes overtaking a joke. Kers is a better way to achieve what DRS does without interfereing with the aerodynamics. I am glad that it is being restricted this season. I had the opportuinity to try an F1 simulator a few months ago and I hated what DRS did to the handling and feeling of the car. It's ridiculous that a sport that bans movable aerodynamic parts then goes and introduces a movable wing as a solution.

RSG929 - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 8:24 PM

DRS and Pirelli have saved F1 from a mass switch off. Either continue down this route or introduce some more of the human error/skill - take off the aero packages, make them change gear manually and take off on-board adjustment capability to diffs, brake balance and all the other gizmos.

That will never happen so extend DRS zones to the whole track where a car is within a second. Might temp more to get greedy with it and spin so adds another dynamic.

Shannon - Unregistered

January 26, 2013 8:32 PM

This is a very well-written article and I agree completely with the conclusion that current F1 racing seems artificial and dependent upon technological rules and games rather than great driving and great engineering.

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