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Grid penalties & DRS could be axed in F1

1 September 2017

Discussions are taking place in order to find a better solution than grid penalties and the use of DRS in Formula 1, Ross Brawn has revealed.

One constant criticism of Formula 1 racing is that drivers are punished with grid penalties for mechanical problems that are completely out of their control, which only serves to damage the racing spectacle come race day. Brawn said the system needs to be changed, and conceded that they are ‘massively unpopular’ with both teams and fans alike.

“We’ve got to find a solution to that, either through a different form of penalty or to remove the penalty altogether and just live with the problem that it was trying to fix,” he said, and added that F1’s owners and the FIA are now engaged in an open dialogue trying to improve the system.

Brawn also said that he does not want the next generation of Formula 1 cars to rely on the Drag Reduction System to overtake rivals, and is hopeful a solution can be found that enables cars to run in one another’s slipstream. Brawn emphasised that, given F1 cars are only able to enter the wind tunnel in isolation, they are only optimised for running by themselves. Brawn reckons that for the racing to be improved cars need to designed to be able to race each other in close proximity, instead of relying on the artificial overtaking device.

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