A year since its introduction in F1, the Drag Reduction System continues to inspire a mix of vehement criticism and steadfast defence from F1 fans.
Its detractors say DRS is fundamentally unfair because it robs the leading driver of the ability to defend their position. They add that Pirelli’s more challenging tyres and the reintroduction of KERS in 2011 proved overtaking can be made easier in F1 without resorting to artificial gimmicks.
DRS defenders insist that it has successfully increased overtaking, and that problems with its implementation can be solved by tweaking the rules and positioning of DRS zones.
The top ten passes nominated by F1 Fanatics last year did not contain any that were achieved using DRS. The move that was voted pass of the year – Mark Webber’s sensational move on Fernando Alonso at Eau Rouge in Spa – was reversed the following lap when Alonso used DRS to pass Webber on the straight.
The DRS debate is complex and highly-charged with shades of opinion which run the gamut from banning DRS entirely to subtly changing the rules.
How often should DRS be used in 2012?
There are no changes to the DRS rules for 2012, although the position of the DRS zones at some tracks may be altered.
Assuming the DRS rules for 2012 remain unchanged, how often would you like to see DRS available for drivers to use in races?
How should DRS work in 2012?
In the many conversations we had about DRS during the course of 2011, various different rules were suggested. Here are a selection of some of the most popular alternatives.
But could the alternatives make it less useful for overtaking? Or might they encourage drivers to mainly use DRS on out- and in-laps to increase their chances of passing their rivals via the pits?
Cast your vote on what should be done with the DRS rules in 2012.
*i.e., the 2011 rules
How successful was DRS in 2011? Do you think it should be used at every track in 2012? And could rules changes improve it?
Cast your votes on DRS using the polls above and have your say in the comments.
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