Which races should DRS be used at?

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Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, Montreal, 2012F1 is almost halfway through its second season using the Drag Reduction System.

DRS remains a bone of contention for many and is a frequent source of debate in our post-race ‘Rate the Race’ features.

F1 teams have indicated they’re willing to listen to fans on devices introduced to improve ‘the show’ such as DRS. With that in mind, is DRS needed at every track on the calendar?

Should F1 try running without DRS at some tracks? Is it not needed anywhere? Or does every F1 circuit need a DRS zone? Cast your vote below.

Which races should DRS be used at?

Take your pick of the current circuits which feature on the F1 calendar which have held at least one race. You can choose as many tracks as you prefer or select ‘none’ if you would rather not see DRS used at all:

Which races should DRS be used at?

  • Australia (Albert Park) (46%)
  • Malaysia (Sepang) (28%)
  • China (Shanghai) (27%)
  • Bahrain (BIC) (50%)
  • Spain (Catalunya) (58%)
  • Monaco (Monte-Carlo) (45%)
  • Canada (Circuit Villeneuve) (21%)
  • Europe (Valencia) (62%)
  • Britain (Silverstone) (36%)
  • Germany (Hockenheim) (30%)
  • Germany (Nurburgring) (35%)
  • Hungary (Hungaroring) (57%)
  • Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) (18%)
  • Italy (Monza) (25%)
  • Singapore (Marina Bay) (56%)
  • Japan (Suzuka) (38%)
  • Korea (KIC) (39%)
  • India (Buddh) (41%)
  • Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) (59%)
  • Brazil (Interlagos) (27%)
  • None (31%)

Total Voters: 381

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104 comments on Which races should DRS be used at?

  1. mixwell (@mixwell) said on 13th July 2012, 14:37

    not really in favor of DRS, so chose None. But if its got to stay, i think it should be disabled for all those fast-track races.
    What i also think is tracks like Abu Dhabi and Korea can benefit more from a re-design than DRS, especially Abu Dhabi, which could use less perpendicular corners and hairpins and have more dynamic layout. that is my opinion.

  2. MW (@) said on 13th July 2012, 14:43

    DRS leads to completely contrived racing, I hated the “car behind boost” in video games and I sure as hell hate it here.. None was my vote.. Manipulating the tyres is almost as bad and equivilent to Bernies fake rain solution so that good development goes to waste due to fake randomised conditions..

    I’m not one to complain without offering a solution however so I’ve come up with an alternative..

    Have two sets of races each weekend. One where the drivers battle all out in GoKarts which are designed to have identical performances. The other where they race cars developed by the teams with only a few restrictions and a strictly enforced budget cap.

    The points would be divided across both races each weekend..

    Practice sessions would be limited only to the teams own cars. Qualifying and the race would be reduced and divided between Go Karts and Team cars..

    That way we’d see great racing with the pure talent rising to the top in one race and a furious development race between the teams and great strategy in the other race.

    I’d watch that anyway

    • Kimi4WDC said on 16th July 2012, 6:21

      I have no idea why by now we don’t have something like Start/Middle/End Season Karting race where all 24 Drives have to participate. That’s going to be a great show and will help young kids to connect with what actually happens in F1, get them interested and off the streets!

  3. Horacio said on 13th July 2012, 15:06

    DRS should be banned. It’s ridiculous.

  4. Horacio said on 13th July 2012, 15:07

    DRS should be banned.

  5. MaccaFan (@gdenton) said on 13th July 2012, 15:19

    DRS itself isn’t the issue. I agree that it is artificial for specified zones and takes away from racing. My thought is that F1 should be about driver skill over all else. If the car is amazing, but drives itself…the drivers talent is minimized. To this, I suggest letting a driver use the DRS *anytime* they want. If they want to try it open on 130R, go for it. If they want to get alongside and try it in the Monaco tunnel, go nuts. This would bring racing back to the fundamental roots of driver talent. If the driver knows his car and can handle using DRS in places that another driver isn’t comfortable with, then you will see more “natural” overtaking.

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 13th July 2012, 18:42

    I voted to keep it at all tracks.

    The reason is down to what I think could be an ugly situation if you start picking which tracks should and shouldn’t have DRS. Probably not as applicable this year, owing to an extremely competitive grid but if you go back to 2011 it could be very different. Take the RB7 for example, fast through the corners, slow on the straights. That in theory gave other teams at least a chance to catch Vettel with the aid of DRS. If you then remove that advantage you’re reducing another teams shot at success which could be misconstrued as a political move, especially if you ask the teams for their opinion. It might sound far fetched, but a tenth is a tenth in this sport.

    I think the system should stay as far as the mechanics of it are concerned but the application needs reviewing. Limiting it to a specific area makes it predictable. Expand it to more of the circuit where possible and devise a limitation on it’s activation. Turn it into something to get excited about, not sterile.

    • TED BELL said on 14th July 2012, 16:44

      NONE….

      AS IT IS PRESENTLY BEING USED IT SERVES NO PURPOSE BUT TO GIVE AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE.

      DRS IS A RIDICULOUS SOLUTION MEANT TO SOLVE ANOTHER KIND OF PROBLEM.

      TIME HAS COME FOR A NEW FORMULA AND A NEW VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF F1.

      WITHOUT THIS NEEDED CHANGE THE SPORT WILL CONTINUE TO DECLINE

  7. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 13th July 2012, 19:51

    I have voted for Aus, Bah, Spain, Mon, GB, Hun, Sing, Jap and Abu Dhabi which seems to be pretty common with other voters as well.

    I personally don’t support a DRS zone in Valencia while other 60% voters think so. Agreed, Valencia gave duds in previous years but I believe that with the closeness of the field and KERS, it will make a decent GP. It’s a track with high tire wear and that spices up even further. It will be a challenge for drivers as to on which straight to use KERS and in what percentage.

    Similarly, Korea and India don’t need DRS. They have long straights to slipstream and with tire wear being an issue, the exit onto the straight makes a difference as well.

    Whereas India has prepared a track in such a way that it can encourage overtaking with it’s huge width on the entry and exit before a straight.

  8. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 13th July 2012, 22:42

    If the (aero) rules stay the same, I’d say the following tracks need DRS zone(s):
    - Melbourne. Just doesn’t have long enough straight to do it otherwise.
    - Bahrain.
    - Catalunya. Must have at this track.
    - Valencia. See above.
    - Nürburgring. The corners leading onto the long-ish back straight are too fast, so a DRS zone “must” be there.
    - Hungaroring. Unless it rains, there’s no way past on this track without DRS.
    - Monza. Say what you want, but the somewhat tactical element that DRS brought to this track was pretty fascinating last year (and the year before that with the F duct).
    - Singapore. Doesn’t have to be as long as last year, nor even at the same place.
    - Suzuka. The ultimate aero track.
    - Abu Dhabi. I’d rather have this off the calendar.

  9. Wilhelm (@wilhelm) said on 14th July 2012, 0:54

    I guess it has already been suggested before, so I’m not boasting about bringing a new idea here, just giving my own opinion.

    First of all I think the on-track action has been great so far this year, and that almost every GP is interesting to follow. So thinks my old dad who follows F1 since the late 60′S.

    But I agree also when people say that DRS gievs an unfair advantage to attacking drivers, and therefore making most of the battles artificial. I also agree that dirty air is artificially reducing chances for any driver who tries to overtake.

    This leaves us with the following question : how to improve overtaking possibilities without giving unfair advantage to the attacker?

    I think the key is that driving must be overall more challenging. It seems that every driver with the right concentration level & set up can make a perfect lap nowadays. I would suggest to make driving more difficult than it is. Here are a few ideas :

    1 – Let kers and DRS available all time. That would allow drivers who feel confident to use it in tricky corners, when following other cars. The most daring would get the better exit and get a chance to overtake or increase its advantage when leading.

    2 – Replace tarmac run-off areas with the surface they have at Paul Ricard, which is abrasive enough to punish any driver that ventures off-track. Combined with point 1, this will advantage drivers with both reliability and skill.

    3- Get rid of the ‘must use both type of tyres in the race’ rule, and encourage tyre suppliers to make tyres that last more than one GP. Not forbid to change tyres, but making it irrelevant strategy-wise. So that drivers will not be afraid of pushing all GP through and locking their tyres attempting to overtake.

    Actually I think everything must be made so that driving get more difficult that it is today, and spare us the “be gentle on the tyres / engine / gearbox” syndrome. It will make us recognise which driver has the best skills and fitness level.

    What is your opinion ?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th July 2012, 10:31

      I am not sure it would get rid of saving tyres, gearboxes, engines etc, as those have been part of the sport right from the onset over a century ago @wilhelm

      But I think that what you propose could work pretty good for racing.

  10. AkaSparks (@akasparks) said on 14th July 2012, 13:06

    Looking forward a little bit… If a new fan’s first introduction to F1 comes through the new (and awesome looking) F1 Race Stars game… I think nothing would shock them more than to watch their first actual race and find out the DRS and KERS options are actually real things!

  11. xeroxpt (@) said on 14th July 2012, 16:28

    I would prefer none but if it is to stick the spanish tracks abu dhabi and hungary are must have DRS zone tracks.

  12. Lothario said on 14th July 2012, 23:10

    Anyone considered having DRS used like in FR3.5? Where you get seven minutes and thirty seconds of anywhere use?

  13. Bruno (@brunes) said on 10th November 2012, 12:36

    How about they create variable DRS zones?
    DRS zones that randomly changed their length during the course of the race.

    We would see HRTs getting past the RedBulls… haha

  14. Joey Zyla (@) said on 1st January 2013, 2:15

    DRS is silly. The majority of ‘fans’ these days think F1 should be like an arcade game, with an overtake every second. I happily voted ‘none’.

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