Ross Brawn says Formula 1 needs to make changes in its chassis design before it can get rid of the controversial Drag Reduction System (DRS).
DRS was introduced in 2011 in a bid to aid overtaking. The electronically-controlled system opens a flap on the rear wing when a driver is within one second of a rival’s car, allowing the chasing driver to get a straight line speed boost.
Brawn has been vocal of DRS ever since he was hired to handle the sporting aspects of Formula 1.
While the 62-year-old has held his stance, he believes the sport should devise a long-term solution that makes it easier to follow another car - and, hence, increase overtaking.
“We have to look at the whole topic of overtaking in racing, and how the cars can follow and overtake each other,” he told F1’s official website. “I would prefer that to be achieved by a normal process, rather than enhanced by something like DRS.
“But DRS was a solution to a problem we had at the time. I don’t think we should rush into taking DRS off, but what I’d like to see is a better long-term solution to car design so we don’t need it.”
Formula 1 has introduced a new set of regulations that makes the car more spectacular to watch and harder to drive. However, Brawn is unsure about its impact on racing, with many drivers concerned that the new rules would lead to fewer overtakes.
“We also need to see, once the season starts with the tyres and rules we have now, how well the drivers can compete with each other. That’s an important element as well, and it’s an open point at the moment.
Brawn is open to address the problem of shark fins and T-wings, two aerodynamic items that disturb the aesthetics of 2017 cars.
“As always with new regulations, there are few little hiccups. We’ve got the unpopular shark’s fin on the back. In time, I think we need to address those,” he said.
“Part of the objective of the new rules was to produce more exciting-looking cars, so we don’t want to spoil it with peripheral bits that take away from that. But that’s normal with new regs.”
“Those are all the consequences of new regulations, and not intended. So unintended consequences, over time, we need to iron out. And get the things looking a bit more pure.
by Rachit Thukral