DRS May Be Banned in Monaco

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) is pondering on the use of the adjustable rear wing system for this year's Monaco Grand Prix, as shown in a report issued by Italian magazine Autosprint.

The Drag Reduction System (DRS) can only be activated on a certain portion of a circuit during an F1 race – usually the longest straight of the track – and boosts overtaking chances for cars trailing a competitor by one second or less.

However, according to the aforementioned source, some members of the governing body and representatives from within the Formula 1 teams fear that the deployment of the DRS on the tight, twisty streets of the Monaco circuit can pose a danger to the competitors.

Additionally, the Monaco Grand Prix layout doesn't feature any proper straight line for the drivers to use the system at its best, the only place where the DRS would make sense being the curving high-speed tunnel. According to the report, DRS use in practice and qualifying can also prove dangerous. However, a decision on the matter is yet to be made by the FIA.

The final decision will be taken by the FIA after a meeting with the teams and drivers at the Turkish Grand Prix,” added the report from the Italian publication.

So far, the DRS system has been used in all 3 Grands Prix of 2011, namely Australia, Malaysia and China, and it will most certainly be permitted in Turkey also. While the use of the adjustable rear wing is free on all portions of the circuit on Friday and Saturday, during the Sunday race the FIA limits its deployment to a single straight line, between two specific points on the track.
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