I chose "partly", because I believe the Pirellis have served to eliminate the boredom of the races by allowing varying strategies to help influence the results of the race, but also because I don't think we need "overtaking zones".
Overtaking is no longer impossible and is helped by wearing tyres, but the strategy aspect behind the sport makes it so that overtaking isn't necessarily the most important aspect of the racing. Should you rely on a "faster" strategy at the cost of track position, perhaps risking the chance that you'll be unable to pass a slower car? Or should you stick it out on a slower strategy to keep track position and try to keep the faster cars behind you? These two choices have led to a disparity in pace between the lead cars in the final laps of the last two races--and have led to some of the most intense finishes in recent memory. Because of this, I believe that Pirelli is on the right track with their tyre design and what it's done for the racing. I feel that F1 is more about racing
again and less about driving quickly. Endless hotlaps will no longer guarantee a win--you need to be smart as well as quick, and I think that enhances the value of victories in F1.
I still don't agree with the way the DRS is being implemented in races. As I've said many times before, I think the drivers should be allowed infinite use of DRS during the race, anywhere they want. We obviously don't need overtaking zones with the pace differential this year's tyres have created--Monaco partially proved that with perhaps the smallest number of DRS passes in any race thus far, with most of the overtaking going on outside of the overtaking zone. The overtaking zone is reminiscint of a gimmick used in an arcade game, and though I love the idea of the DRS, I hate the idea of the overtaking zones. Either let them use it all the time or take it off the car--and though I think it'll be more likely that they just remove it altogether, I would really miss watching the wing flaps on the cars open and close repeatedly during qualifying. Movable aero is a tech F1 should've tapped into ages ago. It's a shame that they've chosen such a poor way to execute it during the races.
Edited by Afterburner, 01 June 2011 - 14:35.