Okay, so after today’s race, we got our first real impressions of the DRS and how well it works. This thread is for discussing the effectiveness of it (though I suspect Keith will have an article up about this within the next few days).
Given the reception the DRS has had, it was always going to be a case of fans criticising the system. If there was a lot of passing, the fans would shout “it makes overtaking too easy!”; if there wasn’t much at all, the fans would cry “it doesn’t do anything at all!”. There was never going to be a point where anyone believed the DRS provided jsut the right amount of overtaking.
After the Australian Grand Prix, I think the DRS did not produce as much overtaking as thought or hoped. But that’s not to say it is entirely without merit. From what we saw both today and late on Friday when the FIA requested the drivers run a DRS simulation, the adjustable flap clearly does not guarantee a pass. It aids the driver in getting to a point where he can get around the car in front, but since the cars are not simply sailing by and because the driver largely gets involved in a braking duel into the next corner, I think the concept has exactly the right balance. It’s doing exactly what I hoped it would do: offer a driver a chance at passing without making it too easy for him.
However, the original concept of the DRS has the drivers using it in the space of six hundred metres. And in this respect, I think it has largely failed. The main straight at Albert Park is eight hundred and sixty seven metres long, and drivers were failing in their passing more often than succeeding. So the DRS zone is going to have to be changed. I would not be surprised if both straights at Sepang are declared DRS zones for the sake of producing a lot of overtaking and getting data at the opposite end of the spectrum and then finding a happy medium between the two from Shanghai onwards.
And so it’s over to you. There are three things that I would like you to answer in replying to this thread:
1 -> Was the Drag Reduction System a success or failure?
2 -> How could it be changed or improved for future races?
3 -> Where should the lines for the activation zone on each circuit be?