Charles Leclerc doesn’t suppose DRS ought to be faraway from Formulation 1 any time quickly – as it will make for “very boring” races.
The drag discount system’s shelf life could also be restricted because of the sport’s new laws having been launched to make following vehicles, and overtaking, simpler.
However regardless of that, there look like no plans to dispose of DRS within the foreseeable future, no less than based on Formulation 1 technical chief Pat Symonds.
“I feel we are going to nonetheless want DRS, I hope a bit bit much less, and my dream at some point is we solely use it to overhaul backmarkers reasonably than combating for place,” mentioned Symonds.
Leclerc backs the primary a part of that assertion and for now no less than, has no want for something to vary – particularly given how a lot he loved his battles with Max Verstappen within the first two races of this season when DRS performed a elementary half in these duels.
“I feel DRS wants to remain for now, in any other case the races can be very boring,” mentioned Leclerc, quoted by Motorsport.com.
“As a lot as following has been higher from final yr to this yr, and it’s a really optimistic step, I nonetheless suppose it’s not sufficient to eliminate the DRS.
“It’s a part of it and I really fairly get pleasure from it. It’s a part of the technique for every driver when it comes to defending and overtaking, and it’s a part of racing for now.”
Leclerc received the curtain-raising Bahrain Grand Prix from pole place after Verstappen’s problem ended when the World Champion was pressured to retire his Pink Bull.
The Ferrari driver leads the Drivers’ standings by 12 factors from his team-mate Carlos Sainz after ending a detailed second to Verstappen in Saudi Arabia following a protracted tussle for the lead.
Verstappen mentioned after that race: “If I didn’t have DRS I might have by no means handed. I feel we’re nonetheless too delicate for that.
“And naturally, some tracks are simpler to cross on than others. However for me in the meanwhile, if DRS wouldn’t be there, I might have been second in the present day.”
Carlos Sainz, second and third within the opening two races, is equally emphatic in his views on the topic.
“With out DRS, it’s virtually not possible to overhaul these days,” mentioned the Spaniard. “What has improved is the predictability of the automotive in following and it’s given us a way more predictable stability, and the power to remain nearer by way of the corners.
“However with out these three or 4 tenths DRS provides you on every straight, it will be not possible to cross – additionally as a result of the slipstream is decrease than final yr.
“We’d want to think about making the DRS impact a tiny bit decrease although, simply so we don’t have the delta states we see these days – that some overtakes are perhaps a bit too straightforward.”