Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Sepang, 2011

Heidfeld criticises “artificial” Drag Reduction System

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nick Heidfeld has joined the debate over F1’s controversial Drag Reduction Systems by admitting he is “not a fan” of the adjustable rear wings.

Heidfeld said: “Well, like with everything, the more you use it the easier it gets but we’re still working on getting the perfect switch positions which we should have ready for Turkey.

“I think it’s all working fine and going to plan, even though I’m not a fan of the rear wing because I don’t particularly like things which artificially aim to improve racing.”

Not all F1 drivers share his view. Earlier this month Nico Rosberg said DRS was the “best idea ever probably, for this sport”.

Heidfeld added the new tyres have also made overtaking easier in some situations: “The biggest difference is the tyres.

“With the rear wing active and the car in front having similar tyres, overtaking might still be difficult which is exactly as what was planned with DRS, however if you have fresher tyres it might be much easier to overtake. I think we’ve seen far more overtaking than in the past.”

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