Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Barcelona, 2011

Hamilton expects few DRS passes in Monaco

2011 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Barcelona, 2011
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Barcelona, 2011

Lewis Hamilton says the Drag Reduction System will not lead to a huge increase in overtaking in this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton said: “I think the DRS zone at Monaco is only around 300 metres, so it?s pretty short, and not really long enough to enable us to really get enough of a launch on the car ahead.

“I think the aerodynamics will only really start working properly once we?ve reached the braking zone for Sainte Devote, so I don?t think we?ll see too many DRS-assisted overtaking moves next weekend.”

He also played down fears that tyre marbles will make for a treacherous racing surface:

“I think the tyres will probably give us the greatest scope for excitement and the best chance of passing.

“While I don?t think the super-soft and soft compounds will be as critical around Monaco as they were at a place like Turkey [where hard and soft tyres were used], I still think the drop-off we encounter as the tyres go off should create opportunities for overtaking.

“And I don?t think the marbles will be as bad as people fear, because they tend to occur at the exits of high-speed corners, and Monaco is generally quite a low-speed track, so I don?t think we?ll see the build-up that we saw at somewhere like Turkey?s turn eight, for example.”

Team mate Jenson Button said the Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems would be important at Monaco despite the slower speeds seen at the track:

“There?s been some suggestion that KERS Hybrid might not provide a useful lap time benefit around Monaco, because you might think you couldn?t really exploit it to give you a boost onto a straight.

“But our simulations suggest that it?s worth as much at Monaco as it is pretty much anywhere else, which is another positive because I think that the Mercedes-Benz unit is the best in Formula 1.”

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