Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has protected the use of the DRS in F1 along with disapproval that it makes it too easy to overtake.
“I’m a great fan of it, I know some people are opposed to it and really think it is not pure enough.” Whiting told Autosport.
“I completely disagree with that view. It still requires extreme skill from the driver. It is not as if it’s turn on, overtake, go, done.”
Whiting also added that there are no plans to change the way that the Drag Reduction System (DRS) is used.
Currently, there are usually two set DRS deployment zones that can be used throughout practice and qualifying, but only in a race when within one second of the car in front at the preceding detection point.
“We feel it should be allowed only on certain parts of the track,” said Whiting when asked if it was possible the DRS could be changed to be used for a set amount of time in a race, as in Formula Renault 3.5.
“Before last year, drivers could use it at any time they wish in practice and qualifying and that led to a couple of incidents where drivers used it too early so for last year we only allowed them to use it in practice here they can use it in the race.
“We think it is important only to be used in certain areas, not for a maximum amount of time.”