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F1 DRS overtaking essentially wrong for sport – Lauda

Former triple times F1 World Champion Niki Lauda says that DRS overtaking is essentially wrong direction for the Formula 1. DRS was designed by a working group including McLaren’s technical director Paddy Lowe, who insists DRS was a good idea amid the long debate about tweaking the cars to boost overtaking.

“What’s great (is) at least we can move on from this debate of trying to change the aerodynamic characteristics of cars to try to improve overtaking,” he said.

“We’ve found something much more authoritative, much cheaper, easier and more effective, and adjustable from race to race.”

“You’ve got to take the rough with the smooth to a certain extent,” argues the FIA’s Charlie Whiting.

Lauda, told Salzburger Nachrichten that DRS overtaking fundamentally wrong direction for F1.

“To see passing at the push of a button is fundamentally the wrong direction (for F1),” he insisted. The front man (the driver in front) is totally defenseless. I think from the sporting point of view it is not right.”

“This (Pirelli’s approach) is OK,” said television pundit Lauda, who is reportedly arguing with the German broadcaster RTL about the size of his fee for F1’s 2011 season. There is enough overtaking already because of the tires, which often have to be taken right to the limit by the drivers,” he explained.

“And they pose the engineers with the task of making tire-friendly tires.”

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