2011 F1 season review
The controversial Drag Reduction System was a running theme in F1 Fanatics’ worst moments of 2011.
DRS was blamed for making overtaking too easy, eroding the importance of defensive driving and diluting the spectacle of Grand Prix racing.
Here’s what F1 Fanatics had to say about it and the other worst moments of 2011.
DRS – Drag Reduction System
In 2011 we never seemed to get through a week without having at least one argument about DRS.
The system was not without its defenders, but when F1 Fanatics were asked to name the worst moments of the season it was striking how many times those three letters came up.
Here’s what you had to say about DRS:
Yes, OK, it’s not a secret that F1 has lacked overtaking in recent years but that doesn’t mean you have to take away the skill that requires you to defend a position.
I for one felt quite annoyed when drivers lost positions very easily to DRS when for 90% of the lap they were more than capable of defending against the driver attempting to overtake. It kind of makes the racing feel artificial.
I hope the DRS is gone. It’s had its chance and it failed miserably.
Not really a fan of it, lost its purity a bit.
The times that battles which had the potential to be great, were spoiled by DRS.
I can see the point, but the implementation feels far too false for my liking
Several races were identified as being conspicuous failures for DRS:
‘Honourable’ mentions to the zones in Turkey, Canada, Spa and Abu Dhabi. [Also] Schumacher losing a podium finish due to the DRS.
Turkish Grand Prix – as mentioned above, so much overtaking, so little excitement. “Catching is one thing in Formula 1, passing is another” – the FIA need to bear in mind that this should be the case when they choose their DRS zones next season.
The Turkish Grand Prix [was] DRS at its confusing worst.
Watching Webber get a poor run out of the hairpin and still glide by Schumacher using DRS in Canada
One of the busiest days on the site this year came when the BBC announced they would not be showing all of next year’s races live.
The one thing that sticks out in my mind is the BBC’s announcement that they will only be showing “Formula Half” next season.
Whether or not they really had to make such a deal, the way they handled publicising it was pitiful. There was one article on BBC Sport explaining it, which attracted thousands of comments, many containing legitimate points or questions, which were all ignored.
Then nothing is said about it for months until the final race of the season, when their on-screen coverage boasts of “every race on the BBC” next year, and when pretty much the same article is wheeled out on their website once more. It makes me pretty cross.
The BBC/Sky F1 deal reduced me to tears that Friday morning of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
BBC bending over for Sky.
But it wasn’t just British fans who had cause to complain about the standard of F1 broadcasting:
For me the fact that the broadcast of F1 in Greece is facing at a dead end. No channel want to pay for the rights and I suspect that it will be the first season after many years that we won’t have live broadcast of Formula 1.
And remember the race everyone raved about yesterday? Due to the rain delay some fans didn’t get to see it:
TF1 (French TV) [didn't] show the end of the Canadian Grand Prix.
The absence of one of the best drivers of recent years – and doubts over whether he will ever be able to return – cast a pall over the season for many:
Kubica missing the season. After Robert worked wonders with the Renault back in 2010 I was really looking forward to seeing what he could’ve been able to do in 2011. Sadly that wasn’t to be
More of your least favourite moments of 2011
Here are a few more of the moments that infuriated F1 fans in 2011:
The whole Massa vs Hamilton feud. I just hated to see them fighting like kids without trying to reconcile themselves. Fortunately Lewis ended this in Brazil.
The Canadian Grand Prix was great once it got going but the laps wasted behind the safety car aggravated many:
The safety car staying out in Canada until it was almost dry enough for intermediates.
The Monaco Grand Prix was building to a thrilling climax when a crash brought out the red flags:
The red flag at Monaco. Of course, it was the right decision, and I think drivers should be able to change tyres before the restart, but the last laps were totally anti-climactic.
I suspect Fer no.65 will have to put up with this one again in 2012:
All the uncertainty regarding the Bahrain Grand Prix. It was horrible news on its own right, and it was even worse when they announced the Grand Prix would be held during the year anyway.
Team orders may be legal now but Phil9079 wasn’t the only person disappointed to see them make an appearance:
Team orders at Red Bull. I really, really am grateful that Sebastian Vettel has the drivers’ championship again but I just wanted to see some fights between the Red Bull drivers just like Hamilton and Button, what they can, every team can! We all know now that Vettel actually can overtake, he just needs to find that right moment of doing it and don’t get impatient.
And it wouldn’t be an F1 season without at least one FIA rules cock-up:
The FIA fiasco with the exhaust blown diffusers at Silverstone.
Just “discovering” midway through the year that the teams were using this technology and that it was deemed illegal was disingenuous and the utmost in stupidity knowing it backdated to the previous season. The interpretation of the rule is still suspect.
What were your least favourite moments of the 2011 season? Have your say in the comments.
2011 F1 season review
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