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The 'other' DRS & the methodology

sports Updated: Jun 23, 2011 02:54 IST
Rohit Bhaskar

The most talked-about addition to F1 since the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) was introduced in the 2009 season, the Drag Reduction System, has been in use for just under half a season. The results have been there for all to see.

While the aid can give a car almost an 20kmph advantage on the straight over the car in front of it, thus greatly improving chances of an overtaking maneuver, HRT's Indian ace Narain Karthikeyan feels the system could diminish the overtaking skills of drivers because of the huge technological advantage it offers.

"The DRS has provided for quite a lot of overtaking this season, especially on tracks that have long straights like Montreal, China and Sepang. The system can give a driver a significant speed advantage over his opponent during its deployment," Karthikeyan told HT.

"However, I feel that it diminishes the skill required to pull off a great slip-stream/out-braking maneuver, which is so integral to being a successful racing driver. DRS is a great quick-fix for the lack of overtaking which has been prevalent in F1 for the past few years, but I don't feel it is a successful long-term solution," he added.