Vitaly Petrov thinks the combination of rules changes in 2011 have made overtaking “too easy”.
Petrov says the FIA should shorten the zones in which drivers can use the Drag Reduction System in races.
Speaking in a press conference today he said: “I think we are moving in the right direction with the rear wing, it?óÔé¼Ôäós more exciting to watch racing and good for us, even in the last race I had so many overtaking manoeuvres.
“I think we are moving in the right way because with the DRS system, with this 700 [metre] straight or something, I think at every race this line will be shorter because at the moment it?óÔé¼Ôäós too easy to overtake.
“Sometimes it?óÔé¼Ôäós harder, it depends. I think the FIA will move this line so it?óÔé¼Ôäós a little bit shorter, so the car won?óÔé¼Ôäót just stay behind and overtake the car in front easier. I think it?óÔé¼Ôäós more exciting when you go in to the corner together and you can still fight under braking.”
Felipe Massa said the DRS was useful in a situation where two drivers were running on the same type of tyre:
“When you go out of the garage and you have new tyres and you find cars with old tyres in front of you, it?óÔé¼Ôäós definitely very easy but it?óÔé¼Ôäós because of the tyres, it?óÔé¼Ôäós because of the high degradation. I think when you are in a similar situation it?óÔé¼Ôäós not so easy, but the wing helps, you know?
“I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think it?óÔé¼Ôäós just the wing which makes overtaking possible, easier or not easier, it?óÔé¼Ôäós everything, together with the tyre degradation and everything: how the cars use the tyres; how the strategy works as well.
“I think it?óÔé¼Ôäós better for you guys. How many years have I heard people saying ?óÔé¼?£the good thing was the past, when Senna, Piquet, Mansell… it was really fun to see all these drivers race. They knew how to do it: Villeneuve, Arnoux.?óÔé¼Ôäó It?óÔé¼Ôäós true.
“It was also different cars as well and I even heard some things like after China: ?óÔé¼?£ah, now Formula One is back to how it was before?óÔé¼Ôäó. It?óÔé¼Ôäós important to see you guys happy as well, and I think for the fans it?óÔé¼Ôäós what we care about.”
Lewis Hamilton joked that Mark Webber had suggested overtaking had become too easy because “His car?óÔé¼Ôäós too fast!”
He added: “As Felipe was saying, I don?óÔé¼Ôäót personally feel it?óÔé¼Ôäós too easy to overtake. I had some great battles with people in the last race and it?óÔé¼Ôäós definitely just as hard but obviously when you have the opportunity to use the wing it makes it a little bit easy, but it allows you to get closer and really remain in close proximity to be able to attack in places.
“It aids overtaking but it doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót make it too easy, personally.”
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- Sauber: Point for Kobayashi after starting on last row
- Force India: Di Resta posts first retirement
- Williams: Barrichello falls to 15th with KERS fault
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