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GP Week : Issue 111
– Email us Something to say? Email us at email@example.com Praise the DRS I think it's good to see that there was a lot of overtaking in Malaysia, all the way down the field and at various parts of the track, which to me highlights an important point. I think the 2009- present era of F1 are fundamentally correct, and we are finally seeing that now without double diffusers. The DRS was introduced before we got to see this, but it is now just right. As displayed in both Melbourne and Malaysia the DRS added a sense of anticipation leading up to its activation zone, drivers used it to get close but then they still had to pull off the move themselves. The regulations are finally right – now leave them alone! John Bagusauskas Adelaide, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org New voice, happy listener What a smart move by BBC pairing Martin Brundle with David Coulthard! The F1 commentary is the best it's ever been. What a pleasure hearing people who actually know what they are talking about! Betty Kayton, South Africa email@example.com Commentator DRS confusion When I was watching Jensen Button trying to pass Massa on the third lap at Melbourne, he used the DRS for the first time in a race and the SPEED commentators seemed to think it had no effect. Well, they were right but he was not using the KERS at he same time. I could not see what Massa did, but he could well have used KERS to fight off Button. So Button didn't use all the tools he had, not that I blame him, but it doesn't mean that DRS does not work. I have not seen anyone mention this, but the TV recordings show it quite clearly. Tony TonyBowker@aol.com Which is your favourite circuit, drivers are often asked. Now you might expect them to say Spa or Monaco, but you’d be surprised how many express a fondness for Sepang. It’s baking hot and humid, the paddock is utterly featureless, the once beautiful grandstands need a lick of paint, it’s an hour ’s drive from the city... but it’s a hell of a race track, with challenging cambers, a good mix of high and slow speed turns, straights that promote overtaking, and weather that will either eat tyres or provide a tropical downpour sure to spice up the running order. Malaysia, in short, is a bit of a gem. This year’s race didn’t require rain to spice it up. The Pirellis wrote the script. But the layout of Sepang was also the perfect place to gain maximum advantage from KERS and DRS. Tilke tends to build tracks with slow corners leading into long straights, and this, unlike Albert Park, is perfect territory for these new systems. Thus, some circuits that seemed previously dull are likely to be enlivened by an absolute overtaking-fest, as we saw in Malaysia. Abu Dhabi, previously as action- packed as the Chelsea Flower Show, could see changes of position on every lap. Korea is going to be amazing. Malaysia’s interest in F1 is on the rise, with a turnout of 65,000 opinion ADAM HAY- NICHOLLS GPWeek Editor DRS to revolutionize Tilke tracks? British factor y Suzuki and Yamaha rider of the 1980s Rob McElnea is the biggest serious racer I have ever known. A fine and courageous rider, the burly six-footer described himself as “a hairy-arsed steel erector” who’d got lucky. But he never did win a GP. Perhaps it had something to do with a characteristic laughingly described by four-time champion Eddie Lawson. “Hell ... he drafts like a truck!” If you couldn’t slingshot past Rob Mac in a straight line, you weren’t trying. Size mattered, and always will. But the issue hasn’t arisen much since, except in the smaller classes, where there has for many years been a regulation for minimum rider/bike weight. Now Rossi is leading an argument for a similar rule in MotoGP. Clearly aimed at shrimp-sized Dani Pedrosa, Rossi wants ballast to be added to his bike to even up the power-to-weight. MICHAEL SCOtt MotoGP Editor opinion Does size matter? 20