Horner wants DRS rethink after Saudi ‘cat and mouse’ game

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Horner wants DRS rethink after Saudi ‘cat and mouse’ game

Christian Horner has known as for a rethink of DRS after Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc’s “recreation of cat and mouse” on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

With all-new automobiles on the grid this season, designed round ground-effect aerodynamics, Ferrari have emerged as Purple Bull’s most important rival – a minimum of within the opening two races of the season.

Whereas Leclerc claimed victory on the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, it was Verstappen who was triumphant on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on Sunday evening.

The Dutchman got here out on prime in what Horner has described as a “recreation of cat and mouse” given the benefit of the DRS in Saudi.

With a protracted pit straight adopted by a DRS zone that runs all the best way in direction of Flip 1, between the slipstream and the DRS, passing into the final nook solely arrange the chief to be overtaken into the primary.

Such is the benefit of the DRS that the protagonists even locked up their tyres as they each slammed on the brakes to keep away from being first to cross the DRS detection level.

Horner has known as for Formulation 1 to rethink the DRS zones.

“The DRS is so highly effective [and] you would see there was a recreation of cat and mouse happening between the drivers the place they’d truly brake to some extent the place they accelerated into the nook,” stated Horner.

“I believe perhaps we must always have a look at the place that DRS detection is for future years since you undoubtedly wish to keep away from being in that state of affairs.”

Verstappen, although, reckons he wouldn’t have been capable of cross Leclerc for the lead had it not been for DRS.

“If I didn’t have DRS I’d have by no means handed,” stated the race winner.

“I believe we’re nonetheless too delicate for that. And naturally, some tracks are simpler to cross on than others.

“However for me in the intervening time, if DRS wouldn’t be there I’d have been second.”


Verstappen in the end gained the sport, the Dutchman getting his title defence up and working with a 25-point haul.

“I assumed it was a really mature drive by Max,” added Horner.

“He taken care of the tyres throughout the race, he made positive he had received tyres left for him on the finish of the grand prix and he labored issues out.

“There was a little bit of cat and mouse happening on the DRS line, however then he labored out the place he wanted to be and nailed the cross after which simply had sufficient to carry off Charles.”


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