Safety call prompts DRS rules change for 2013

F1 Fanatic round-up

Vitaly Petrov, Caterham, Buddh International Circuit, 2012In the round-up: F1 drivers will only be allowed to use DRS in the designated zones at all times as of next season due to safety fears.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Tweaks to DRS regulations for 2013 (BBC)

“Drivers have complained there have been incidents when some have lost control because they are testing the limits of when they can use the DRS.”

Kubica working on return after injury (Reuters)

“Kubica said he had driven some high performance cars recently but the condition of his arm did not allow him to test in single seaters and there was no immediate prospect of a return to the top level.”

Tyres will be key to success in Austin – Webber (ESPN)

“Temperature is very important, the layout isn’t very important. If the black things in the corners aren’t working then you can put the layout up your arse – the car’s not going to work.”

F1: COTA Is Fantastic, Says Ecclestone (Speed)

“I think the circuit itself is absolutely fantastic. Everything they?ve done is unbelievable, everything we asked for they did. I think everything is fantastic. Everybody seems happy. I had a complaint about the weather not being hot as people were expecting! They?ve done a super job. Couldn?t ask for anything better.”

F1 aims to drop ‘force majeure’ rule (Autosport)

Race director Charlie Whiting: “We discussed it last week in the [Technical Working Group] and the consensus of opinion is to remove the term ‘force majeure’ and make it clear what is allowed and is not allowed.”

Button: 2013 car will suit me (Sky)

“The car is quick, we’ve proved that on many occasions. But for consistency for me it’s been a little bit more difficult to get the results. The car next year should suit me a bit more, which I’m very excited about.”

Tracking Shots (The Austin Chronicle)

Article on new F1 documentary “1”: “Take the massive multi-car crash at the 1973 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. On the day, there were six different camera teams at the track, and the research team hunted them all down.”

Alain Prost, Williams-Renault FW15C, Imola, 1993“Thank God I survived it”: F1 is all safety and money these days says legend Alain Prost (Daily Mirror)

“We used to be little bit more sharp sometimes and saying things and today they are a little bit afraid because they have big sponsors and manufacturers. But that?s because society is different not because Formula 1 is different.”

Formula One hoping to catch American attention with new track (Sports Illustrated)

“Austin seemed an odd choice. A trendy city of about 1.5 million, Austin bills itself as the “Live Music Capital of the World” and is the capital of Texas. But it hardly fits in with the other cosmopolitan F1 hosts like Melbourne, Shanghai or Singapore. Earlier this month, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell joked that Austin hosting F1 was ‘sort of like Mayberry having the Super Bowl.'”

Tavo Hellmund’s United States Grand Prix joy will be shrouded in pain (The Guardian)

“This is, after all, my baby. And to see Formula One cars tear down the straight-way on Sunday will be the fulfilment of a project I worked on for more than a decade.”

Bid to crack America faces first big test (The Telegraph)

“Eddie Gossage, the president of Texas Motor Speedway near Dallas, said there was ‘no crossover’ between the [F1 and NASCAR], adding that Formula One posed no threat in the long-term. ‘It?s like soccer in this country. It has never succeeded and I don?t think it will ever succeed because it is not our game.'”

A Towering Landmark for Formula One Track (The New York Times)

“Bobby Epstein, co-founder of Circuit of the Americas, said he hoped the tower would become a landmark, making the track instantly recognizable to TV viewers. He declined to give the price of the tower, except to say that the steel alone ‘cost two or three million dollars’ and that he expected it to become a revenue-producing tourist attraction.”

Mark Webber: F1’s elder statesman remains outsider (CNN)

“I like the car a lot more. I really didn’t like the blown floor and it proved a very difficult car for me. I didn’t have a great feel for it and getting the right set-up was hard for me.”

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Korea International Circuit, 2012Sauber boss reasurres Kamui Kobayashi over his future (The Independent)

“Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has told Kamui Kobayashi he is under no pressure to bring in sponsors to secure his seat for next season.”

Drivers need to oil the wheels of F1 (FT, registration required)

Williams executive director Toto Wolff: “It is about balancing short-term and long-term views. We have been very keen to have a guaranteed budget at the start of the season. Do we need to change that or not? I believe in [Pastor] Maldonado, Bruno [Senna] has had good performances and scored points. But then we have Valtteri [Bottas], who is…??the new kid on the block.”

I may have to look beyond Formula One, says Narain Karthikeyan (The Times of India)

“If paddock rumours are to be believed, the HRT is getting ready to bench 32 engineers from their staff. It is also heard that talks are on with some Indian and Abu Dhabi-based investors.”

United States GP – Conference 1 (FIA)

Sebastian Vettel on the FIA’s warning to drivers after he and Kimi Raikkonen swore on the podium in Abu Dhabi: “I think if you’re sensitive you should watch – I don’t know – some kids’ programme. You have the remote control in your hand, so you can choose. Surely it wasn’t intentional at the last race. I think it’s a bit unnecessary to create such a big fuss but anyway, if I said some things that weren’t appropriate then I apologise but I think there’s not a lot I have to do differently to succeed in that regard.”

Grand Prix planner faces fraud charges (Cincinatti News)

“[Curtis] Boggs, 54, of Harrison, is accused of orchestrating a scheme to defraud investors after selling them on the idea of a Grand Prix race featuring Formula One race cars.”

Otley man keeps F1 stars in check but witnesses madness on the roads (Ilkley Gazette)

FIA Indian Grand Prix steward Steve Stringwell: “Michael [Schumacher] told us he had seen the [blue] flags but didn?t feel that [Romain] Grosjean was close enough to overtake.”


Comment of the day

Jake (@Jleigh) reckons the BBC are don’t want the drivers’ championship to be decided on Sunday:

I bet every single person at the BBC is rooting for Alonso this weekend. It would be pretty embarrassing for them if they missed the title being won at the inaugural race at the Circuit of the Americas.
Jake (@Jleigh)

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144 comments on Safety call prompts DRS rules change for 2013

  1. Gabriel (@naylamp) said on 16th November 2012, 0:52

    Grosjean finally have the helmet he was trying to take (head included) in belgium.

  2. Carlitox (@carlitox) said on 16th November 2012, 0:53

    I reckon that the DRS rule tweak is right. I mean, that’s a thing that concerned me since the thing was introducted. It makes a lot of sense, but the sad thing is that it’s going to take away a little of the spectacle in qualifying. However, safety comes first.

    • Estesark (@estesark) said on 16th November 2012, 1:15

      I wouldn’t have minded a compromise, where DRS was permitted in practice and qualifying only in the zone where it will be available in the race.

      Having said that, I would rather do away with the system altogether.

      • Estesark (@estesark) said on 16th November 2012, 1:18

        I should have read the whole article. That is exactly what is being introduced.

        “We are going to prohibit the use of DRS in practice and qualifying except in the areas where it’s going to be used in the race”


      • Girts (@girts) said on 16th November 2012, 6:53

        That’s actually a pretty serious change in the rules. Aren’t Red Bull going to suffer most from the new restrictions?

        • Potentially, but DDRS is banned next year anyway. What the rule change will do is eliminate the incentive for teams to invest in developing ‘incidental’ systems around the DRS like the DDRS was this year.

          I do find it a little bit hypocritical that DRD will remain legal despite it’s inherently unpredictable nature (why Lotus have spent so long in development with it). It would seem to me that DDRS should be legal, thereby allowing the car to remain in relative balance (hence, safer) when DRS is open, allowing teams to continue running it in practice/qualifying whenever they choose. DRD is the system that F1 should really be concerned about, from a safety perspective anyway.

          From a racing perspective, I think KERS/DRS should be given a finite amount of time they can be used over a race distance, the way that IndyCar handles it’s Push to Pass solution. Let drivers use the gizmos when they think it’s best. Turns the racing in to a tactical exercise as well as a strategic one. Either way, I’m glad to see that the same rules will be in effect for all race sessions when it comes to DRS. Even though this is not my preferred solution, one set of rules is better than 2.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 16th November 2012, 8:21

            Actually what this does, is making a DRD more worthwile, because it can offer drag reduction all over the track during both race and qualifying. Who knows, if they get this right, some teams might not even bother much with DRS, because it will be of very limited use.

            We will know, if/when Newey brings a car with a DRD to winter testing. Although he might just have thought up something completely different!

          • panache (@panache) said on 16th November 2012, 10:41

            I’m not in favour of limited usage KERS/DRS as it would disadvantage drivers who are consistently fighting for positions on the track whilst favouring those who simply bide their time or are not involved in on track battles for large segments of the race.

            For example a driver in a front running car who qualified 5th or 6th but was faster than the cars ahead would use KERS/DRS repeatedly against rivals in early phases of the race but would be stumped should he eventually catch up with the race leader from lap 1 who still has his entire allocation at his disposal.

            Alternatively, a driver in a slower car attempting to maintain track position might use his entire allocation defending from a single faster car behind, only for both drivers to be passed by a chain of cars in quick succession which caught up to the battle and had some of their allocation remaining.

            It is highly probable that most drivers involved in battles would use their full allocation well before the end of the race as passing slower cars as quickly as possible is extremely important. Meanwhile the guy who qualified on pole and led from lap 1 maintaining a 3 second gap for most of the race is in prime position to defend in the latter stages with plenty of KERS/DRS at his disposal should he require it.

          • Also one has to wonder as KERS has proven more unsafe than DRS I believe. A fire at Williams’ garage and two times we have heard the teams advising drivers to jump out of the car instead of touching the ground and car at the same time. Not as safe either

          • davidnotcoulthard said on 16th November 2012, 15:57

            @hwkii I actually think that the 2 should be given an infinite allocaion, so that the racing can be less artificial.

    • I don’t think it was incredibly dangerous and it will probably just slow the cars further in qualifying. However safety is paramount. Why couldn’t they just ban it on certain parts of the track with close walls for example?

      • When did you try it and with which car as it seems you know more than the rule makers ?

      • xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 16th November 2012, 16:41

        I personally think that this is ridiculous; the drivers should use it when they think they can.
        Saying that they lose control and they can’t use it at certain parts of the track is a stupid argument; if you can’t use it there, then don’t use it there.
        It’s like (but a little exaggerated) saying they can’t go full throttle everywhere and asking the FiA to make one particular zone the full throttle zone.

        • George (@george) said on 16th November 2012, 17:41

          @xjr15jaaag That was my first thought too, the tracks are designed to accomodate crashes in places where the DRS is likely to cause one anyway, surely?

          If there are any outstanding places where the DRS is too dangerous, just ban it like they do in the tunnel at Monaco or through Eau Rouge.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 16th November 2012, 8:44

      @carlitox The only interesting thing about DRS was watching drivers use it in qualifying, and daring to open it earlier and close it later than their rivals.

      Now it’s only going to be used for artificial overtaking I like it even less than I did before. They should just scrap it entirely.

      The original explanation why it was available freely through practice and qualifying was so that teams would set their gear ratios long enough to take full advantage of it in the races. Presumably that has not been happening – given some of the onboard footage we’ve seen recently of drivers bouncing on the rev limiter for seconds on end suggests that is the case.

    • Yeah. Far too dangerous. maybe they should surround all the cars several times with bubble wrap too, and make sure every barrier has a 5-meter thick wall of pillows and 15 tog duvets attached.

  3. timi (@timi) said on 16th November 2012, 1:13

    Aww man, poor Kubica. That really sucks :(, hopefully he’ll continue rallying and win a few WRCs

    • Kubica still has a chance of getting back into F1. If he’s fully fit in 2 years I see no reason why he couldn’t test for a team, a backmarker even. If he’s fit enough and he’s still quick he can easily get a seat and he’lll quickly move up the grid to a top team if he’s as competitive as before.

  4. schooner (@schooner) said on 16th November 2012, 1:14

    “COTA is fantastic” says Ecclestone. In other words, the check cleared!

  5. timi (@timi) said on 16th November 2012, 1:16

    Oh, and Mr. Vettel seems to have an incredibly closed-minded view on the reaction to his foul language. Is he being serious?

    I think if you’re sensitive you should watch – I don’t know – some kids’ programme

    Come on. Millions watch the race and I’m pretty sure there are quite a few children watching as well, Seb..
    I don’t see why a simple “sorry” wouldn’t suffice.

    • my fav driver has just said s silly thing. he should just apologize and that’s all. The problem is that people will continue talking about it for a loooooooooooooooong time. He was offensive, but he didn’t punch anyone so yes I think I will be a lot of overreaction about this for a long time.

      Kimi, my other favorite driver, is cool :P

    • crr917 (@crr917) said on 16th November 2012, 1:25

      If those kids don’t live in a box (I assume they don’t :D), they see and hear much more horrible stuff. Daily.
      So maybe it is time to cut the drama?

      • andrewf1 (@andrewf1) said on 16th November 2012, 1:43

        it’s not about the drama and about being sensitive. vettel should know better, it’s about common sense and manners, it’s not just for the kids, among other things it’s not even polite to swear in front of an audiance. that’s all.

        • Really does depend on what show the audience is viewing and what you should expect. With a live event, there’s always the chance for a slip-up, especially in sports where emotions run high.

          It really is no big deal. Chill the **** out.

          • andrewf1 (@andrewf1) said on 16th November 2012, 14:01

            @ajokay i really don’t expect someone to have the same view on matters of cursing in public and on-air, when they end their statement with ‘chill the **** out’

    • RBAlonso (@rbalonso) said on 16th November 2012, 1:39

      @timi I think we have to remember that Abu Dhabi was 2 weeks ago. It was an over-reaction then and it is really rubbing salt in the wounds now. Who cares? It is a complete waste of time to continually pester the driver on it. He released a statement apologising on the Monday. Why demand another apology? It was one word. I completely understand what you say about children watching the sport but considering the danger involved this is surely debatable. Take Schumacher’s accident with Liuzzi at Abu Dhabi in 2010 or the start of the Belgian GP. One swear word then pales into insignificance. When I was young I would read books on drivers as I do now. Can you imagine I had picked up Shunt?

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 16th November 2012, 3:50

      I was very annoyed by Vettel’s statements. Specially because few days ago there was a PR from “him” saying he was “really sorry” about all.

      Vettel should understand that, even if it’s the heat of the moment, as Webber said, he’s a person speaking to the world. You can’t say whatever comes across your mind. They never do, they always say things they’d say differently if it wasn’t a press conference.

      Besides, if there’s a whole dictionary full of adjectives, why swear? there are million other words you can use.

      He should learn from Webber, who doesn’t need swearing to make his point. Webber speaks in a very strong way, and doesn’t have to come up with **** or **** to make others understand him.

      It is very childish from Vettel. It’s not us that have to change. I didn’t care about what he said, but it’s just wrong…

      • Dane. (@dane-1) said on 16th November 2012, 4:08

        MW said a few words about Vettel in Fuji, ’07 live on air

        • nackavich (@nackavich) said on 16th November 2012, 8:54

          I think that was to be expected from Webber: he was in a near race winning position and the press jumped on him as soon as he got back to the pits and they must’ve been expecting a heated reply which is probably why they wanted to talk to him.
          Vettel, on the other hand, had just scored a podium and it felt like he slipped it in for the sake of it. And in a country where it’s illegal to swear in public he should’ve been aware of this. And considering when people are watching the sport live, we can’t predict when the drivers are going to swear.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 16th November 2012, 15:38


            Mark Webber also swore about Massa on camera, for holding up the Red Bulls in the 2009 Spanish Grand Prix (when oddly enough, he just scored a podium).

      • Just goes to show how much you can trust press releases. It’s just a whole load of BS, it always is. My company sometimes gives out press releases, they’re always kind of funny to read because I know for a fact people never said what is quoted. Always just take it with a pinch of salt.

      • In a world where we constantly complain about PR running the show and not really getting the true feelings of the drivers, it’s a bit ironic that we would condemn a driver for their choice of words. There’s also no reason why SkyF1 or the FIA couldn’t impose a 3-5 second feed delay to allow for bleeps if they were really that concerned. Personally, I think it’s more interesting if the drivers act like themselves.

        I agree that that’s a certain amount of decency that should be observed in public places, but at the same time, if someone violates that code of conduct, as your children are around (a risk you take every single day) I think it becomes the responsibility of the parent to explain those rules to the child and raise them in a way that suggests that what they are hearing is something that does happen, but that they need to make better choices. It shouldn’t really be more complicated than that.

        • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 16th November 2012, 9:19

          Because live sport is live sport.

          Nearly every problem could be resolved with a 5 second delay, but then you have the potential for (and potential for accusations of) censorship.

        • electrolite (@electrolite) said on 16th November 2012, 10:52

          Personally, I think it’s more interesting if the drivers act like themselves.

          It didn’t even seem like Vettel was being himself though. I’ve no problem with the swearing at all – but the way he said it seems so forced, almost rehearsed. There was a subtle smugness behind it all that I don’t think a lot of people liked. Now I’m not saying that’s mean it’s fine for Raikkonen – I just felt it was like he said it just because his big brother did.

      • people are only making a fuss over this because its Vettel. Kimi swore on the podium and before on the grid as well and nobody has said anything about it

    • Vettel has a point, they are all grown ups and they do a very dangerous job for a living. Please spare me the “its about the children” argument.

    • Girts (@girts) said on 16th November 2012, 7:37

      I think that Vettel has failed massively here. For sure, kids watch F1, too. So Seb’s message is: Avoiding strong language is for sissies, we’re real men.

      I don’t know if he doesn’t get it because he doesn’t have children himself or he’s simply lost touch with reality (I guess that can quite easily happen if you’re an F1 driver). I would never swear while talking to my boss or speaking in front of an audience but some think that it’s OK to use strong language, when millions of people listen to them.

      I learned all the swear words & gestures when I was a little child and I have no illusion that the kids in other countries did and still do the same. Children swear, smoke weed and do a lot of other things that I don’t want to list here. But does that mean that we should encourage them to do all of that? Maybe teachers should start their lessons with swearing tirades? To hell with sensitiveness, the kids have already heard worse things anyway.

      It’s not about the silly Abu Dhabi laws or being sensitive or being an adult. It’s not about being a corporate robot, too. If you want to stop acting like a corporate robot, tell us what you really think about the human rights situation in Abu Dhabi. Anyone? Complete silence? I wonder why…

      It’s about acknowledging what is right and what is wrong and the world champion has failed to do it this time.

      • FormulaLes said on 16th November 2012, 8:14

        How is a Formula 1 driver saying one swear word in an interview encouraging kids to swear? It is silly that people even pretend to be outraged over it.

        • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 16th November 2012, 9:24

          The incumbent World Champion is supposed to be a beacon – a paragon for how a driver should be and act at the top of his sport.

          Openly swearing (possibly to one-up another driver) and then pouring champagne over an interviewer are hardly good things to convey to the public, but then Bernie wants this stuff to happen as it keeps F1 in the news – live on-podium interviews was always going to cause ‘heat of the moment’ issues like these.

      • Sherlock said on 16th November 2012, 8:15

        Girts – human right problems (according to this site) are only in Bahrain – the rest is perfectly fine.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 16th November 2012, 8:29

        Well said @girts, I fully agree. We all know that hardly any kid does not learn swearwords and tries out all sorts of things their parents would rather not see them doing. But its part of the responsibility of the parents, and ideally of postive rolemodels to show them what is fine and what behaviour is problematic.

        Just compare those words from Vettel with what Webber said about Gambling, or how he was one of the few to actually speak about not being all that happy about the Bahrain situation. Not to mention that while Webber does use strong words, he does not swear apart from some moments on in car radio, in the heat of the battle.

        I take Vettel apologizing to be down to how Prost describes it “Corporate and having to think about sponsors and partners” [paraphrased from that interview in the roundup].

      • Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 16th November 2012, 8:35

        mmm….what word Villeneuve used for Seb…..ah!! Child!

      • Churaragi said on 16th November 2012, 13:15

        I think that Vettel has failed massively here. For sure, kids watch F1, too. So Seb’s message is: Avoiding strong language is for sissies, we’re real men

        No, his message is: “If you have children, it is [b]your[/b] responsability to teach them what to do or say, not mine. I never said I wanted that responsability, never asked for it, so stop delegating the job of raising your children and start doing it yourself”.

        It is a huge leap to think one random swearing in random live TV will encourage kids to swear, and even if that is the case, it is also pretty clear that if TV is having that much influence on your kids, you are doing it wrong as a parent.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 16th November 2012, 8:54

      @timi This is a pretty straightforward issue. Restrictions on swearing on publicly broadcast television programmes are commonplace in many countries. So if F1 wishes to be taken up by international broadcasters then it cannot have drivers swearing during live broadcasts. It’s up to the FOM and FIA to ensure that is not a problem. Leaving the drivers to police themselves will not work. They’ve had a reminder after Abu Dhabi, I suspect the next person to transgress will be slapped with a heavy fine.

    • caci99 (@caci99) said on 16th November 2012, 13:00

      It has a lot to do with the fact that Formula1 is world event, broadcasted every where. While in some countries it may not sound as much as offensive, in others it is. But Vettel did apologized the next day, so it is the media pushing more on to it. So I understand him say “change the channel”, because I already did apologized. I think the whole society, is becoming a lot more sensitive, media on the other hand exploiting as much as they can this behavior, all of this culminating in a distilled language. And, I don’t like it all, language is what separates and distinguish us all. A lot of auto censure. This is a trend happening every where, in sports, in music, in books, one could not express himself freely, or quote an old book because someone will feel insulted.

      • Robbie (@robbie) said on 16th November 2012, 18:53

        I don’t think SV thinks it is ok to swear on TV. I do think he made a careless mistake. I think he himself grew up knowing that you don’t generally hear this language on prime time television. He knows it. Otherwise he would have used swear words far sooner than this and therefore would have already been reminded in the past. He slipped up. Maybe he felt comfortable being interviewed by DC and forgot millions were hearing it too. I don’t know. I actually laughed because it was only a moment after KR swore, and I wondered what must be in the water they’re drinking. Maybe SV thought that since KR did it, maybe he could too.

        I think SV made a simple mistake, and I don’t think he has decided this language is suddenly appropriate for him to use. He apologized. If he is being grilled about it still, even after apologizing, I understand how that could be frustrating, but now it is his job to simply say “I made a mistake and I have already apologized for it. Let’s move on.”

  6. crr917 (@crr917) said on 16th November 2012, 1:19

    Drivers have complained there have been incidents when some have lost control because they are testing the limits of when they can use the DRS

    These “drivers” should leave and make room for the real drivers in GP2/FR3.5 :D

  7. I think the biggest downside of the DRS tweak is going to be the loss of the change between race pace and qualifying pace for some of the cars. For those who gained more benefit from the DRS than their near competitors, they could place ahead on the grid of their true pace and then you had a game of chasing someone down. That said, that gap seems to have diminished a lot of the last few races (perhaps excepting Red Bull) so it might not alter the grid from free use anyway.

  8. hearing about kubica really breaks my heart….such a great talent and his single seater carrer extinguished before he ever really showed what he could do, i have been going back and watching the 2008 season over and he had so much potential a move to mclaren, ferrari, or red bull could have seen him become world champion if only just once….so sad

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 16th November 2012, 8:32

      I actually think its good to hear him say it himself. Look at the guy, he is fully ok with things and makes the most of it, instead of chasing a (probably) unreachable goal of getting back to F1.

      But it was also heart warming to hear Esteban Guttierez state him (next to Senna) as his greatest F1 drivers in the FOTA forum in Austin.

  9. Gabriel (@naylamp) said on 16th November 2012, 1:28

    If they are gonna enable DRS only in the DRS zone for practice and qualy why not get rid of it during this sessions and enable it only in race.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 16th November 2012, 8:33

      They still need to test it and choose the right gearing for ist use @naylamp. Otherwise you would probably have some teams not even bothering with DRS in the first place because they plan on being out at the front in the race instead of having to battle through the field

  10. Kimi4WDC said on 16th November 2012, 1:30

    “Drivers have complained there have been incidents when some have lost control because they are testing the limits of when they can use the DRS.”


    “So I have tried to brake later, and lost control. We have to do something about braking late, this must not happen!!!!!”


  11. Traverse Mark Senior (@) said on 16th November 2012, 1:30

    F1 drivers will only be allowed to use DRS in the designated zones at all times as of next season due to safety fears

    It’s always seemed peculiar to me that drivers were permitted to use DRS anywhere they wished during practice and qualifying, but not during the race. The main draw back is that drivers will set artificially fast lap times in Q2 and Q3 that can’t be surpassed during the actual race.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 16th November 2012, 8:35

      The main draw back is that drivers will set artificially fast lap times in Q2 and Q3 that can’t be surpassed during the actual race

      Apart from the time where we had qualifying with full fuel tanks (or a rainy qualifying) qualifying times are hardly ever bettered during the race @tmcs88

      • Traverse Mark Senior (@) said on 16th November 2012, 12:12

        qualifying times are hardly ever bettered during the race

        I know, but at least there was a chance that qualifying times could be bettered during the race. Now it’s practically impossible.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 16th November 2012, 13:10

          at least there was a chance that qualifying times could be bettered during the race

          I think the reverse is true – being able to use DRS more around a qualifying lap meant it was harder to beat times set in qualifying during a race.

          Not that I think it’s important that this is possible, it doesn’t matter to me in the slightest.

          • Traverse Mark Senior (@) said on 16th November 2012, 20:04

            being able to use DRS more around a qualifying lap meant it was harder to beat times set in qualifying during a race.

            This is the point that I was trying to make in my original post. Maybe I didn’t articulate myself sufficiently. My Bad :-)

  12. RBAlonso (@rbalonso) said on 16th November 2012, 1:51

    Imo, DRS should remain as it is or ban it. In qualifying the driver should be on maximum attack and given full use of his equipment. In the race it should be limited for obvious reasons. But, to limit it partially on grounds of safety is a nonsense. It is an optional tool to save laptime. If you feel you can not use it then don’t. To say it is dangerous on an empty track means it is unsafe. But, to limit it to a point where opening it is no challenge means that it is purely a push-to-pass system. This concerns me. Far better would be to use it only in races which have problems overtaking. But in reality, every fan sneers at a DRS pass. I had hoped that we had learned from the start of the season, that tyres are the way to go to improve racing, and ditch this concept completely.

    With regard to Robert Kubica. It is tragic that we have lost a potential great, he has been missed.

    • Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 16th November 2012, 8:54

      I’m hoping (against hope) there’ll be no need DRS from 2014, and it’s replaced by some variable boost or push-to-pass system in the turbo engines. At least that would require slightly more skill and timing from the driver.

      But I like this rule change – I always saw DRS as an overtaking aid, not for improving lap times.

      And maybe all these stupid buttons are one of the things keeping Robert Kubica out of F1 – and other great drivers with limited mobility. Zanardi can drive an adapted DTM or Indycar with a hand-throttle, but in an F1 car would it even be possible for the driver to make all the adjustments at the right time?

      By the way, this is the best round-up ever! Really enjoying all the American views of F1. And the Yorkshire one…

  13. manik56 (@manik56) said on 16th November 2012, 4:42

    Eddie Gossage puts his foot in his mouth an awful lot. Let’s start with soccer in the US. What is his definition of success? The MLS has grown leaps and bounds since its inception in 1996 by adding new stadiums, new teams, and international stars. If his definition is to rival the NFL, then I guess Eddie is right. But NASCAR doesn’t rival the NFL either, so that would make his business unsuccessful.
    There is no crossover between F1 and NASCAR? I assume Eddie means fans. I am an American and I enjoy NASCAR and F1. Does that punch a hole in that theory? F1 poses no threat in the long term? Threat to what, NASCAR? no, but to Texas Motor Speedway? You bet it does. Attendance has declined at his speedway in recent years in both the IndyCar race and the two Cup races. Two weeks ago you could visibly see empty seats all over the grandstands during what was a thrilling Cup race. COTA is new and is aggressively bringing in all different forms of motorsports. It will have a busier 2013 than Eddie’s place. This leaves him with one option: bad mouth F1 and the track best he can and hope it goes away.

    • The answer here is simple: This is plain old ‘good ‘ol boy’ nonsense.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 16th November 2012, 8:41

      I read this piece, and earlier ones, as encouraging to F1. After all to see he even feels the need to put them down – “I know only 10 people going there”? – get to know new people! – means he actually does feel pressure, and rightly so (Because NASCAR for all its dominance is feeling the problems as well, with declining TV audiences lately for the Chase part of the championship).

      And as you say, acutally football (“soccer”) has indeed come a long way from being nowhere (as Cycling did, although that might now get a hit with too much doping scandals being unmasked). And I think that football actually might inspire F1, because the fact its never been a great sport in the USA enabled women football to become something of a big thing (for lack of a male championship competing) with the US female team being amongst the best in the world.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 16th November 2012, 8:58


      There is no crossover between F1 and NASCAR? I assume Eddie means fans. I am an American and I enjoy NASCAR and F1. Does that punch a hole in that theory?

      Well said. I’m not into NASCAR myself but I know plenty of other people who watch it as well as F1. Gossage is preaching to a narrow-minded choir.

      • I’m an American who got started on racing with Nascar and i graduated to F1 when i was 8 watching senna and prost take each other out. They are both entertaining in their own ways, the extreme technical aspect is what drew me into F1. The engineering challenge is just as exciting as the driving imo. What always amazed me most about F1 was the fans knowledge about the sport. its incredible how many of you can instantly really great moments in history, pay drivers being terrible, incidents everything. I’m looking forward to seeing my first race live either 2013 in Austin or 2014 in Jersey. Oh and for you viewers from across the pond, we aren’t all crazy gun toting hillbillys lol but you’ll see A LOT of that in Texas. Although southern hospitality is real, they are very nice. Backwards, but very nice

        • Robbie (@robbie) said on 16th November 2012, 19:03

          I think this is a great opportunity to point out that many Nascar drivers are huge F1 fans too. They go out of their way to watch F1. Wonder what they will do this weekend with the F1 race preceding so closely their final Nascar race.

          • The smart ones will dvr the NASCAR race then fast forward through the boring parts and commercials after the F1 race and minimal podium/pist race coverage we get in America has concluded.

          • @robbie, I missed that you were talking specifically about the NASCAR drivers not the average fan NASCAR fan that watches F1 also. Duh, dumb response on my part.

  14. david d.m. said on 16th November 2012, 5:05

    Interesting, I always saw DRS as another skill drivers must learn in order to be fast in qualy, yes there’s the risk of loosing the car at high speed but it’s in complete control of the driver and some take that risk more than others that’s how it’s always been.

  15. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 16th November 2012, 5:17

    I think the DRS ban is the right move, if only because it will stop teams building a super-fast qualifying car that wins the race on the first lap because no-one can get close to it. It’s what Red Bull did last year.

    • Dave (@dworsley) said on 16th November 2012, 9:04

      That’s not what Red Bull did.

      • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 16th November 2012, 9:43

        Well, yes, it is.

        Red Bull built a supreme one-lapper that meant Vettel was always clear of DRS by lap 2-3.

        In cases where he couldn’t build this lead (safety car, accidents, weather), he was either mugged on tracks with long straights or the team had to compromise his/their strategy.

    • Nothing stops other teams doing so. If their simulations suggest that’s the fastest way around the track, is nothing wrong with that.
      The problem was the other teams couldn’t match them, to be able to fight around the course.
      We’ve seen recently in Abu Dhabi how Red Bull tweaked the gear ratios on Seb’s car to make it more overtaking prone.
      Basically any team could opt for the best compromise through the whole weekend (quali included).
      Even if that means being slower at times.

      • What stops other teams from doing it is their ability. (to figure it out) According to Gary Anderson’s article on the BBC sight he thinks that’s (drs in qualy use) what’s holding back the Ferrari in qualifying vs race pace. Guess that won’t be a problem for them next year… Ferrari International Assistance at work again? ;)

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