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Alonso denies DRS makes overtaking 'too easy'

Fernando Alonso insists that DRS hasn't made overtaking in F1 'too easy'
Fernando Alonso has moved to reject claims that the new Drag Reduction System has made overtaking in F1 too easy.

The races in China and Turkey saw a noticeable increase in overtaking moves, although many of the moves made in Istanbul came through the DRS zone located through the kink at turn eleven and onto the straight heading to turn twelve.

However, Alonso insists that the introduction of DRS hasn't made overtaking too easy with the new Pirelli tyres playing a key role in making it easier for people to get past one another on track.

"I think it was fine,” he told the BBC when asked if DRS had made things too easy. “The overtaking we saw was more from tyre-performance difference than DRS.

"When we [Alonso and Mark Webber] followed Rosberg in the first couple of laps, it was impossible to overtake him but when he started to have tyre degradation it was very easy to overtake him. So it is more tyre-related. It is what the people asked [for]. More show, more pit stops, more overtaking.

"It can be a bit confusing for people. You can follow the first five guys but you cannot follow the 14th place because it is already too many stops.

"But the important thing is [having] lots of people in the grandstands and lots of people in front of the television and hopefully this year it is better."

According to the BBC report, viewing figures for each event so far this season have increased, with Malaysia and China have their highest audiences to date and Turkey being 'substantially' higher than in 2010.



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FreddyFreeloader

May 10, 2011 4:35 PM

I was not a fan of DRS but what FA says on DRS is correct. It's true, neither he nor MW could pass Rosberg until his tyres went off, then the DRS came into play to make the pass easier. So we are getting overtaking so game on

107SS2009

May 10, 2011 8:55 PM

KERS is a driver’s aid which is against the true spirit of F1 as such it degrades both the driver and car capabilities but at least it can be used both to overtake as much as to defend. The DRS is all of the above but also unfair because the driver who is being overtaken is a sitting duck. I for one cannot derive any enjoyment in seeing a sitting duck being shot at.



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