F1 drivers praised the Drag Reduction System, which is expected to increase overtaking at the Yas Marina circuit.
Last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix became a cause celebre for the problem of overtaking in Formula 1 as Fernando Alonso lost the world championship after spending most of the race stuck behind Vitaly Petrov.
Speaking in today’s press conference Petrov admitted it would be much harder to keep Alonso behind in similar circumstances this year with DRS and the 2011-specification tyres.
The Renault driver endorsed the introduction of the moveable rear wings this year, saying: “I think that it’s definitely a big step forward.
“I think we will keep this for many years, five or ten years. I think it’s a good chance for us to overtake and good for you to write something about overtaking, so I think it’s a good step.”
Sebastien Buemi agreed, saying: “I think it’s definitely a positive.
“We’ve seen a lot more overtaking; we’ve even seen some overtaking in Monaco. It’s definitely good.
“Sometimes it feels like the DRS zone is not long enough but I definitely think it’s going to help a lot this weekend.”
2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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