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?óÔé¼Ôäós 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?óÔé¼Ôäóve reached the braking zone for Sainte Devote, so I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think we?óÔé¼Ôäóll 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?óÔé¼Ôäót 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?óÔé¼Ôäót 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?óÔé¼Ôäót think we?óÔé¼Ôäóll see the build-up that we saw at somewhere like Turkey?óÔé¼Ôäós 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?óÔé¼Ôäós been some suggestion that KERS Hybrid might not provide a useful lap time benefit around Monaco, because you might think you couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót really exploit it to give you a boost onto a straight.
“But our simulations suggest that it?óÔé¼Ôäós 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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