DRS, or the Drag Reduction System, has been in F1 since 2011. What is it? How does it work?
Introduced in 2011, the DRS is a driver-controlled device aimed at improving overtaking and enhancing wheel-to-wheel racing in Formula 1. It is activated by a button on the steering wheel and can be used during specific zones in qualifying and races. Critics view the DRS as a gimmick, arguing that overtaking should rely on driver skill alone. The introduction of DRS was a response to Fernando Alonso’s struggle to overtake Vitaly Petrov in the 2010 season finale, which cost him the championship. DRS helps combat the issue of turbulent air produced by modern F1 cars, allowing drivers to follow closely and increase their chances of overtaking.