Vettel wants to try more F1 racing without DRS

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Vettel wants to try more F1 racing without DRS

Sebastian Vettel believes Method 1 must attempt racing with out DRS and search for options to turn into much less reliant on the system.

It was hoped that the rules reset in 2022 would assist create extra wheel-to-wheel alternatives and extra pure overtaking strikes.

However whereas drivers are discovering it simpler to comply with each other, drivers are nonetheless needing to rely loads on DRS [Drag Reduction System] to make progress up the order come race day.

And Vettel feels the time has come to experiment once more, taking us on a quick historical past lesson within the course of to spotlight simply how vital DRS has turn into because it was first launched in 2011.

“I believe you’ll be able to comply with nearer, there may be much less drag impact as nicely,” Vettel mentioned, as quoted by Motorsport Week.

“We do depend on the DRS in all probability greater than previously, to some extent.

“The attention-grabbing bit could be to take the DRS off and see how the racing actually is, if you’ll be able to overtake loads higher than previously.

“I’m solely a bit cautious for the DRS, as a result of it was introduced in as an help to assist overtaking however now it feels a bit prefer it’s the one factor that permits you to overtake at instances.

“So ideally, we now have set of regulation that enables us to comply with and race with out DRS. You realize, DRS hasn’t been there for 70 years. It was introduced in 10 years in the past to assist, as an experiment.”


On the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, components of that race did really feel like an experiment from Race Management given their cautious (some would say overly-cautious) method to turning DRS again on in the course of the wet-dry circumstances at Imola.

If it was, it undoubtedly didn’t really feel like a profitable one given the more and more loud calls from the media and followers alike to activate the system once more.

Vettel then took us all again to Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, the place the likes of Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen had been successfully taking part in cat and mouse with one another close to DRS zones because of simply how highly effective it was in wheel-to-wheel fight.

Vettel added: “I believe an overtake ought to at all times be an effort and never dictated by you being within the zone and also you get the DRS,” he mentioned.

“The race in Jeddah, the place you had the leaders braking for the DRS line to attempt to be the second to cross that line, that’s a special sort of racing.

“So I don’t I don’t assume we should always go that means. So we’ll see. We’re nonetheless early within the within the undertaking. Positively you’ll be able to comply with nearer.

“Overtaking remains to be laborious, however it must be an effort and it must be a reward while you handle to overhaul.”


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