Any system that allows an advantage to just one driver in a duel is unfair in my book.
This quote got me thinking about DRS. I'm not massively happy about it because it has taken away the chance of seeing some great overtaking moves this season, and last. But on the other hand, I accept it because I don't want to see repeats of say Abu 2010 where Alonso was stuck behind a clearly slower car driven by Petrov for the whole race.
I had another thought about how DRS could be implemented during the race. It would be a lot more complicated to arrange and organise, but if it could be done it might make it more fair and better for overtaking. Firstly, to address the quote above, DRS does give an advantage to one driver, and an advantage that is sometimes too far in the favour of the following car. But it was put there to address the huge advantage that the leading car has had for many a year, which was even more pronounced; driving in clean air. That advantage was often far superior than the one that DRS provides.
So the idea is to eliminate the DRS activation zone and install a more precise system of on-track car position. (This is the bit which may make it unfeasible.) Importantly make the DRS advantage much less pronounced than present, (smaller hole or something*). But the difference is to allow the following car to use it whenever he is one second behind another car, not just on the main straight. This would allow the following car to get faster speeds out of corners, or get little boosts on short straights, as they presently do in qualifying So rather than getting one unfightable advantage on the main straight, the following car gets a much smaller advantage but for the whole lap.
Also I would stop people being able to use DRS on lapped cars. It wouldn't be too difficult to create a computer model that would know who ahead is lapped and who isn't. The big difficulty is being able to know across the whole track who is one second behind somebody else.
The whole point is to negate the natural advantage the leading car has over anybody following closely, but not to leave the leading car a sitting duck. Leaving the logistics aside for a moment, in principle, would this work better than present ?
* You can see that I have a highly technical mind.