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Thursday Thoughts: DRS

By Mav | 12 May 2011 | 12 Comments | 1,773 views

We’ve not had a Thursday Thoughts for a while. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea, it’s pretty simple – one topic with various bloggers offering their opinions across the web. The subject suggested to me (thrust at me, I should say actually) is the Drag Reduction System. Many questioned DRS before the start of the season but following a series of exciting races, the system is clearly winning over fans. For others, it and the way it can be used remains the antipathy of racing.

What do you think of the Drag Reduction System?

Remember, the Thursday Thoughts question is simply a gentle push to inspire your thoughts and so feel free to be flexible with the subject matter. If you haven’t got your own blog, there are plenty of places that would be happy to feature a guest post – leave us a note in the comments if we can help. Answers in the comments are fine, but not really in-keeping with the spirit of it all. Publish your thoughts, and post the links in the comments for all to see and I’ll keep the post updated.

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  • Connor

    Started this earlier in the week but just finished now and it ties in a bit so here goes -

    http://f1-viewpoint.blogspot.com/2011/05/looking-at-drs-and-racing-in-2011_12.html

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  • Maverick (author)

    Technically I already did this on Monday http://www.vivaf1.com/blog/?p=6539
    And that was just the latest of my rants against DRS and my doctor says I should limit myself to one DRS rant a week

    Therefore I await Ms Saltire’s thoughts having volunteered me to kick start the discussion

    :-)

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  • saltire

    Therefore I await Ms Saltire’s thoughts having volunteered me to kick start the discussion

    :-)

    I don’t like it … will that do?

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  • Maverick (author)

    I don’t like it …

    To quote my 3-year old, “why?”

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  • Marina

    I have absolutely no technical knowledge of DRS (or pretty much anything else), but you know I like to blog. I could maybe give it a shot.

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  • Karen

    DRS is there to counter-balance the negative affect of over refined aero’.

    In simpler times when teams won championships with $30 million, aero’ was rather crude, but when the big manufacturers arrived with their $300-400 million budgets, they spent 24/7 in one, two and sometimes three wind tunnels refining everything to within an inch of its life.

    There was one solution of course, a cost cap, but with one very prominent team knowing that they can only compete by out-spending their more intelligent rivals, the idea was dead in the water.

    FOTA’s idea was the DRS, they took a while to convince the FIA who had the same concerns as some fans, but it’s here now, and ironically being refined on a race by race basis by the FIA.

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  • steve

    Really don’t see what everyone’s problem is with DRS, yes it allows you to overtake, but it also brings you closer across a whole lap. My only problem is that like with KERS engineers got involved in naming it not marketing people meaning it sounds beyond the average fan

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  • Vicky

    My What Really Grinds My [F1] Gears blogpost for Turkey was mainly a DRS-themed rant! http://grindsmyf1gears.blogspot.com/2011/05/meesta-brundoo-for-win.html I sung DRS’s praises after Malaysia but Turkey was not such a good performance for it I thought. Needs fine-tuning. =)

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  • saltire

    To quote my 3-year old, “why?”

    http://www.vivaf1.com/blog/?p=6580

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  • Maverick (author)

    …but it also brings you closer across a whole lap.

    Or it keeps you close when you wouldn’t normally – I’m not convinced that’s a fair situation.

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  • RubberGoat

    Here’s mine: http://f1numbers.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/thursday-thoughts-drs/

    Thanks for bringing this one back!

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