“DRS is unnecessary”– McLaren’s Zak brown and Mercedes’ Toto Wolff talk about keeping DRS amidst uncertainty stemmed from the new regulations.
The Drag Reduction System was brought in Formula 1 to encourage overtaking during the race and create an appealing spectacle for the fans.
But with the new regulations in which the rear-wings see a remodification, speculations of DRS going away from F1 are flaring up.
McLaren’s Zak Brown talks about how DRS is still useful in F1 until the new model has thoroughly experimented on the track, and then it could be decided whether DRS is redundant or not.
From everything I hear from everyone, both within my team and beyond, everyone thinks the new rules will work. But I think you won’t know for sure until you’re on track,” said Brown, according to the Motorsport.
“So I think it’s a good idea to keep DRS initially. And then – just like in the sprint race – we have to put the cars on the track and find out: did it work exactly as prescribed? Do they need adjustments?”
“Do they need DRS? And do we need that for a shorter or longer period? Everyone thinks in concepts; what is designed should work.”
The DRS is not fully understood.
Mercedes’ team principal further bolsters Brown’s comments and insists DRS is yet to be fully understood. Though he even called it useless, he opines it is fantastic during the races.
“DRS was introduced because the cars were very efficient and the drivers were unable to follow and overtake each other,” said Wolff. “The DRS effect is actually something that is not yet fully understood.”
“It’s an aerodynamic tool and actually quite attractive. But if you can follow more easily in the future, then DRS is unnecessary. But now it’s another fantastic part of the show,” he concluded.