Drivers ask for DRS ban in Monaco

By on Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2 (GMM) Heikki Kovalainen agrees that the moveable rear wing 'DRS' systems should be banned in Monaco later this month.

His Team Lotus teammate Jarno Trulli said the overtaking aid could be "dangerous" and also ineffective on the famously tight barrier-lined streets.

"It's a safety issue," the Italian is quoted by Autosprint, "and also the straights are too short to get any advantage."

Finn Kovalainen told ITV he agreed with the 2004 Monaco winner.

"(With) all the potential consequences that there could be in Monaco, you don't want it to fail (and) you don't want to have any attention going anywhere else but at the track," he said.

"I think it (a ban) makes sense," added Kovalainen.

The Finn admitted, however, that of all the rule changes in recent years, the DRS has been arguably the best one.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg agrees, telling reporters at the DTM season opener in Hockenheim that the system was "maybe the best ever idea to make the sport more interesting".

As for the purists' objections, the German driver insisted: "It's the same for everyone; everyone has the same opportunity."

It must be noted that Rosberg's attitude about DRS could be coloured by the fact that, when not malfunctioning, the adjustable wing aboard Mercedes' W02 car is arguably the best in F1.

"When it works, as it did in China, our system is very good," admitted Norbert Haug.

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