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Hamilton: Don’t expect much DRS action in Monaco

Lewis Hamilton says he doesn't expect much DRS-assisted overtaking in Monaco
Lewis Hamilton believes that the decision to allow DRS in the Monaco Grand Prix won't lead to a massive increase in overtaking.

On the whole, the system has led to a noticeable increase in passing manoeuvres during the season so far, although the location of the DRS zone in Spain at the weekend meant drivers found it more difficult to use their blown rear wing to make a move for position.

There had been talk that DRS could be banned for the Monaco weekend given the nature of the circuit, but the FIA has confirmed that the rear wing can be utilised in a zone on the start-finish straight during the race.

However, Hamilton said he didn't think there would be many DRS-assisted moves for position in the principality given the position and length of the DRS zone.

“I think the DRS zone at Monaco is only around 300 metres, so it's pretty short, and not really long enough to enable us to really get enough of a launch on the car ahead,” he said. “I think the aerodynamics will only really start working properly once we've reached the braking zone for Ste Devote, so I don't think we'll see too many DRS-assisted overtaking moves next weekend.”

Hamilton did add however that the new Pirelli tyres were likely to spice up the action on the streets of the principality.

“I think the tyres will probably give us the greatest scope for excitement and the best chance of passing,” the McLaren man said. “While I don't think the Super-Soft and Soft compounds will be as critical around Monaco as they were at a place like Turkey, I still think the drop-off we encounter as the tyres go off should create opportunities for overtaking.

“I don't think the marbles will be as bad as people fear, because they tend to occur at the exits of high-speed corners, and Monaco is generally quite a low-speed track, so I don't think we'll see the build-up that we saw at somewhere like Turkey's Turn Eight, for example.

“I'm already looking forward to it.”


Tagged as: Mclaren , Lewis Hamilton , Monaco , DRS

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decko - Unregistered

May 23, 2011 3:41 PM

I think he is right... The won't be a tyre issue either, what you will see is people so much as 10 seconds of the pace holding each other up, so the strategy is, qualify fastest, use the softs for the first stint then stick on hard tyres and make them last. Job Done! This will be the most boring race of the year

Taz - Unregistered

May 23, 2011 9:17 PM

@MichaelE You hate it one the playstation because it rewards talent and accuracy, look at the winners, Graham Hill, Ayrton Senna, Jackie Stewart, Hamilton, JB but to name a few, all WDC's.



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