One interesting aspect of DRS though is secondary effect of negating the loss of pace when following another car. Is easy to say that without DRS, a lot of the times drivers were racing close we would have had some "proper passing", but the fact is that without the DRS they probably would never have been running close enough to eacy other to even think of passing.
We have seen plenty of great racing in 2009 and 2010. If they wanted to make overtakings easier without making it artificial or a free-pass, they should have increased the cars dependance on mechanical grip, less aero-grip.
I also paritcularly like that DRS has ended the whole Trulli train scenario. No longer do we see a train of cars just following each other all race. In particular, we no longer have close races ruined because one of the leaders comes out of the pits behind a car who hasn't pitted (and is running 2s per lap slower) In the past even with that kind of pace advantage you could be stuck behind them until they pit, now it rarely takes more than a lap or two for the much faster car to dispatch them and resume his battle for the lead. It opens up much bigger pit windows for the teams and thus means there is more than one way to win the race!
I have rather seen the "Trulli trains" with F1 cars all over each other like angry bees, where sometimes someone made a mistake, someone was brave and made a move, or sometimes even nothing happened, all possible outcomes where on the table. Now the result of a pack of cars is a free pass. I rather see a high speed traffic jam.
Reading some of the posts above it does seem many people are wearing strongly Rose tinted glasses when remembering the racing over the last 10 years. There were an awful lot of dull processional races with just a rare classics in between. This year, with few exceptions most of the races have been entertaining from start to finish.
One could aswell say you look at the races now with rose tinted glasses, the passes we see are not passes, they used to be (used to be like football goals), now its like Basketball. Its true people wanted to see a bit more overtaking in the past, but they wanted to see more real overtakings, not simple drive-bys. If I wanted to see cars, or if I would get excited by the simple fact that cars drive by eachother, I could stand by a highway and cheer every car that drives by another one,... but thats not overtaking, overtaking is kind of forcing yourself by, beating the opponent, this is no longer the case. On-track position changes was a spectacle, now its ordinary. They changed what used to be Football goals, into Basketball shots.
Through my 23 years of watching F1 I have swallowed alot of bad rules, Traction Control, Automatic transmission, Launch Control,... but this one made the sport unwatchable for me, overtaking is ultimately the heart and soul of racing, they took the magic out of it.
Theres another, quite personal to myself thing I dislike, adn that is all the button pressing that is going on now from corner to corner, I want to see who is the best pure racer, the best driver, who is able to operate pedals and a steering wheel the best, I dont want to see who is the best button pressing piano playing multitasking computer nerd. The focus should be more on the pure racer.
Edited by Kucki, 10 October 2011 - 16:40.