New F1 cars may not need DRS to overtake

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Formula 1’s new technical rules for 2022 could see the series no longer rely on the drag reduction system to aid overtaking, Aston Martin’s technical director has said.

DRS was introduced in F1 in 2011. It allows any driver who has closed within a second of a rival in front in a race to open a flap on their rear wings to reduce drag and increase their speed in a straight line, thus facilitating his overtaking attempts.

While this proved to be an effective means of encouraging overtaking, it also drew constant criticism for generating overtaking that was seen as artificial and impossible to defend.

In a further effort to improve the quality of racing, F1 has introduced sweeping new technical rules for 2022. These require teams to create cars which should generate noticeably less drag and therefore be able to follow each other more closely without drag. help from the DRS.

While the rules allow teams to continue using DRS, Aston Martin technical director Andrew Green hopes it will become obsolete.

“I think the DRS itself will be just as powerful,” he said. “But I think it will be up to the FIA ​​to look at the layout of the circuits and see if they need to change the DRS areas accordingly.

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“I suspect they will. If it’s going the way they think it’s going to play out, with cars able to follow closer, they shouldn’t need as much DRS assistance.

“I think we could see the DRS zones reduced over time and some of them could even be removed. I think that would be a good thing.

However, Green pointed out that the teams’ varying performance levels at the start of the season could reduce the chances of overtaking at the start.

“To start the season, we can still see that there is quite a big gap in the grid as everyone becomes familiar with the regulations, understanding the directions other teams have taken,” he said. .

“There are going to be teams that have found a rich vein of performance in the direction they have gone,
and there will be other teams that haven’t made it to the start yet.

“We will need a few races before we start to see how the peloton behaves. Then I think we’ll start to see
everyone is closing relatively quickly compared to previous years.

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