McLaren's Jenson Button has predicted that there will be a lot more overtaking in Abu Dhabi next weekend.
The Yas Marina Circuit drew criticism at the end of last season after Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber spent much of the race struggling to find a way past the Renault of Vitaly Petrov.
However Button is hopeful that the 2011 edition will be a lot more action packed, thanks to DRS.
“Abu Dhabi has special memories for me because it was my first race after I'd won the world championship in 2009, so it made racing that weekend a really fun and enjoyable experience – I remember I had a fantastic battle with Mark [Webber] and finished third,” Button said in the countdown to the penultimate round in the F1 2011 World Championship.
“The Yas Marina circuit looks and feels spectacular and futuristic: it's a unique place – the way the circuit changes from dusk to darkness is incredible, and must be an amazing experience for the spectators. The way it's built, the grandstands are almost on top the action so everyone gets a great view.
“It's usually been quite difficult to overtake here, especially last year, but I think that DRS will change all that.
“The back straight is one of the longest in F1 so I expect to see a lot of action there. It would be great to see the new rules turn this circuit into a place where overtaking is more common and more exciting.”
Meanwhile, following another strong performance in India, where he was the only one anywhere near the ever dominant Sebastian Vettel, Button reckons McLaren will again be strong.
“Our car should suit this circuit so I'm very optimistic,” he continued. “We saw at the last grand prix that even though we didn't have the ultimate speed to catch and pass Sebastian [Vettel], we made him work hard for the win.
“Tactically, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ran a first-class race: I got all the right calls from the pit wall and the pit crew did a fantastic job.
“The championship may not be at stake any more but we're still aiming to win and put on a tremendous show.”