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Drivers in favour of DRS, KERS

"There's been a lot of great overtaking and some of it does come down to tyres, but I think KERS, DRS and the Pirelli tyres have all worked very well together. We've just got to hope that it doesn't change too much next year."

Barrichello, meanwhile, echoed Button's feelings on both tyres and technology, even though his season at Williams has not necessarily put him in a position to make full use of either.

"If you want to have the degradation, I still have it! You can have mine," he joked, "I think it's fun, the way it is. Obviously when you give a tyre to a driver you're talking about more or less grip, you're always trying to go for more grip and the faster you go, the more pleasure you have so, at the beginning of the year, I think everyone had to adapt a little bit. It's not that the Pirelli was worse than the Bridgestone, it was just different and you had to treat the tyres differently.

"That was the special feeling about it and, when we talked about grip, in testing it seemed that it was not enough with the temperature that we had there, but then, when we went racing, there was a lot of overtaking and I think Pirelli had done a really good job to actually help that."

Barrichello was also quick to decry those that say that KERS and DRS have turned the sport on its head and made passing too easy, insisting that both technologies have added more enjoyment for the drivers.

"Together with the DRS and the KERS, I think the show has improved and let's hope that's the way F1's going to be for the long term," he noted, "I enjoy it very much. I think it's been an incredible year. It's a fact that in life that, sometimes, you can see people are never happy with that, because I heard for 20 years that there wasn't enough overtaking in F1 and, all of a sudden, I'm hearing people saying there's too much!

"It's just 18 races and they come up with numbers saying that there's been a hundred overtaking manoeuvres, so it looks a bit too easy, but I think it has been quite good. It's still difficult to follow the car in front because the cars are going fast because of their aerodynamic balance and, whenever you have something that destroys that, you basically don't follow the car, so the DRS has helped.

"It is true that sometimes it may make it too easy, sometimes it wasn't enough, so I think the FIA had all the good numbers to make the show even better for next year. I'm very much in favour of that. Obviously, the new people that come into F1 will still have to get their hands on the buttons and everything, which we were complaining about at the beginning of the year. Now it has become a much easier thing because we've got used to it, but the new guys will have to adapt to that."

With a nod to his own future, however, Barrichello added 'I hope there's not too many new guys, so that the old one are kept on. We are used to it, so it's fine'.

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24.11.2011- Team Picture, Pirelli Tyres
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