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Q&A: Allan McNish

But, if the guy [that was passed] can then stay close enough he has got the opportunity next time and if he isn't close enough next time, then he isn't quick enough. It has thrown in a few variables. But I think we would all like it if there maybe wasn't that situation where they had DRS. It is though, a better alternative than no overtaking at all.

What I do think has been a positive thing is how that they have restricted it this year so that it is the same in qualifying and practice as you have in the race [and can only be used in the DRS zone]. That is very sensible and logical. That will produce something a bit better.

But I think [overall] it really depends on whether you are a purist, like my dad, or you are somebody that still likes a bit of cut and thrust of racing and are maybe open to a few variables, maybe like myself and a few of the fans in the grandstands.

We've talked about the top teams and we touched on Williams and Lotus too. Looking at the back now, we've lost HRT, but are Marussia and Caterham delivering what they should be?

Allan McNish:
I think it is sad any team dropping off the grid. HRT struggled financially from the start and obviously it is sad for all the people that were working there. They were enthusiasts and were passionate about the sport and they tried their best with what they had. What they had was significantly less than anyone else too.

But it is now down to Caterham and Marussia. I would have expected them to have scored points by now leading into year four. They have done quite a few grand's prix and have not got into the points scoring positions and it is not like ten years ago when points were to sixth. The points are quite away down the grid now [to tenth place].

I think that tells you, however, how strong the midfield grid is as opposed to them not being up to scratch. The mid-grid is very strong. The average level is very high across the board and they really have to make a step forward to be able to achieve it. It will be tough for them this year.

It is also maybe a little bit of a step back for both of them with them losing the more experienced drivers that they had - but for a reason because they weren't in a financial position to pay them.

The new guys coming in have got a point to prove and so it is all up for grabs. That is the quite exciting thing about it because whichever one of the four of them does the best job, well, he is putting himself forward for a mid-grid team for the following season and every driver wants to move up.
by Rob Wilkins

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