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DRS banned in Monaco tunnel

It would appear that common sense has prevailed in Formula One, I'm not entirely sure when that last happened, but thankfully on this occasion it has done.

The FIA have now agreed to an outright banning of the driver enabled moveable rear wing in the tunnel section throughout this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, following safety concerns from drivers.

The decision comes following a U-Turn from FIA race director Charlie Whiting.

Whiting consulted with teams back in Turkey and at that time teams and drivers were split over the best way forward, so with no general consensus, Whiting told F1 teams that DRS would be used.

The decision upset Grand Prix Drivers' Association chairman Rubens Barrichello who told the press: 'In my opinion, they are waiting for something bad to happen. And when it happens, they will just say, 'oh, next year we will not have it for Monaco.' The drivers have not been listened to right now and I think it is the wrong decision.'

'You are going to try to use it there, I can see a race with safety cars a long way. If they could listen still: I think Monaco is what it is. It is not overtaking territory.

'Do they think they can introduce overtaking through the DRS? They possibly can, but they might hurt someone. That is a voice from experience.'

Charlie Whiting defended the decision at a media briefing last week, claiming there was no evidence of a safety issue: 'I've spoken to the drivers a few times about it and it was quite clear that the majority of them did not want to use it in Monaco, However, there is no evidence to support the theory that it is unsafe in Monaco.

'Obviously, we are not waiting for an accident to happen, but there is simply no evidence to support the theory that it is going to be dangerous. So as it has been introduced as an overtaking aid, it would be somewhat perverse not to allow it in the place where you need overtaking the most.

'So there is no reason not to use it in Monaco as far as we can see. That is the long and the short of it. As far as we are concerned it's a device that's open to anyone to use legally at any race. That is what it is there for.'

Following that initial decision

sked: Should DRS be banned in Monaco? The result was pretty clear with our users, 67% voting Yes 67% and 33% voting No.

The result amongst the drivers was pretty clear too and they continued to pile on the pressure on to Whiting over the past week.

So a compromise has now been settled, with Whiting writing to the Grand Prix Drivers' Association members on Monday to tell them he agreed that it could be dangerous.

With the Monaco tunnel section being the area of most concern, the use of DRS will be banned in this section during Practice and Qualifying (in the race the DRS zone will be the start-finish straight).

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The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 24 2011

Time: 12:00PM

Your Comments

Good news. It would have been sheer folly for it to have been used
I remember Jackie Stewart tell a story about a safety meeting with the drivers and the BRA (?) at silverstone, about some trees that had been planted on the side of track. The drivers pointed out the danger, the answer they got was 'Well there only little trees' Stupid and naive But As you've probably noticed I've a bee in my bonnet About the tunnel + the use of DRS as I could see somebody getting killed. There's not enough room to overtake as you can see from the pics it's only 2 cars width as you exit. Maybe the FIA and the Monaco Club de Automobile were looking for another death to add to this races history. Knowing some of the mercenery swine it would suprise me
Meant wouldn't ofcourse

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