Ever since it was introduced in 2011, DRS continues to divide opinion, everywhere, not just on here. I personally have no problem with DRS, but many people seem to. I may be adopting an unpopular opinion on this but I do feel that DRS has been one of the best things ever to happen to Formula 1, along with the reintroduction of slick tyres, and the restrictions on traction control.
Rewind 5 years ago, back to 2008. Every race included the classic ‘Trulli Train’, and though many consider it to be a classic season, and in some people’s eyes one of the best battles for the title, we never really saw many great races.
Now, we have a situation where as oppose to 3 or 4 exciting races a year, we are now getting 3 or 4 dull races a year. I do not feel that this is solely down to Pirelli, though it has helped play a part. Especially as shown in today’s race, drivers were able to fight outside of DRS zones. We are now not only seeing gutsy moves like Webber on Alonso at Spa or Raikkonen on Schumacher a year later, but tactical passes which shows the mental capabilities of these drivers as well. Last year in Canada, Hamilton specifically waited before overtaking Alonso, because chances were a lunge down the inside could have put both out the race. Long story short however, I think we are past the sort of era where the race was effectively over after 1 lap, we are seeing amazing racing all down the field. It’s just a shame some have to say the racing is ‘artificial’ or ‘fake’ due to a button. It’s not as if we have had magic buttons in Formula 1 before anyway. I personally don’t want to watch a race like San Marino 2005 or 2006 where it was frustratingly annoying to see a driver not being able to overtake, despite being faster.
I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of last season, and I have been for much of this season, I hope it continues like this.