Jenson Button, McLaren, Barcelona, 2011

Button: DRS an “unnecessary danger” in Monaco tunnel

2011 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Barcelona, 2011
Jenson Button, McLaren, Barcelona, 2011

Jenson Button says he supports the FIA’s decision to prevent drivers from using the Drag Reduction System in the tunnel at Monaco.

Speaking during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in he said: “Yes I think it is necessary.

“The tunnel is a very slippery place anyway, it’s got a lot less grip than the normal circuit.

“Also you’ll have the marbles bouncing off the barrier and coming back onto the racing line. I think the first person who tries to use DRS in the tunnel is going to put it in the wall.

“So, yeah, I think it’s a really good idea [to ban it] around here. It’s not going to help overtaking in the tunnel so it’s pointless having it there, it’s an unnecessary danger.”

He added that DRS zone on the start/finish straight will not make much difference to the problem of overtaking around the tight Monte-Carlo circuit:

“I don’t think you’ll see much overtaking there but I think you will get closer which is a bonus for other places around the circuit.

“I don’t think think the DRS is going to make a massive difference to the race, it’s more going to be the tyres and the KERS that will help with overtaking.

“With different strategies and the KERS, if you use it in one place, and the guy behind you hasn’t, he’s got a real big boost to get you in another section of the circuit.

“We’ve that seen in the last few races. It’s still going to be bloody difficult overtaking but there’s more possibilities than ever before.”

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