McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe says more work needs to be done to improve overtaking at the Buddh International Circuit following a processional Indian Grand Prix.
Speaking in a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in Lowe was asked whether the race showed that overtaking aids such as DRS and KERS were rendered ineffective when more conservative tyre compounds were used.
“I suppose in terms of overtaking DRS seemed particularly ineffective there,” said Lowe. “Several were people stuck behind cars for long periods of time. I think Kimi [Raikkonen] found it extremely tough.”
“I think when you saw, let’s say, Lewis [Hamilton] at the end trying to overtake [Mark] Webber, the particular issue seemed to be that you could set yourself up, gain some time in the first sector, get yourself just about within DRS reach but not close up, and then through the cornering sequences because of the effect of the wake you lost that gap again so you never quite got back close for the DRS stretch to make it count.
“So there’s something about that circuit which we ought to study to understand why, whether there’s something that can be done to make the DRS effective around there.
“I think there are a lot of circuits where it works very well so there’s a subtlety to it that needs to be understood.”
Lowe said he did not expect a trend of less exciting races to develop: “No I don’t think so. I think it’s something specific to that particular circuit.
“Having said that, let’s see how this event goes. Abu Dhabi has also been one of the more difficult ones in the calendar for overtaking, even with DRS. So if that is the case again that doesn’t disprove my point because I would have said this would be another one which would be quite difficult.”
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