Ross Brawn says no DRS in Abu Dhabi proves it needs to be scrapped for 2021

03-12-2019 14:02
by Louis Shaw
Ross Brawn says no DRS in Abu Dhabi proves it needs to be scrapped for 2021

For the first 20 laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the drivers were unable to use the DRS system on their cars due to a technical issue. Ross Brawn believes that this showcased the need for the new 2021 cars to be able to follow each other and overtake without the assistance of DRS. 

"We are particularly pleased with the largely positive response to the new rules, especially from the fans," said Brawn to Motorsportweek. 

"In [Sunday's] race, no DRS was available for almost 20 laps because of a technical problem and that only served to emphasize the need for the cars to be able to fight at close quarters."

The new rules are aimed to improve racing and make the gap between the midfield and top teams clsoe so that there is consistant racing throughout the grid. 

"In addition, the performance gap between the teams needs to be reduced, because looking at [Sunday's] race, once again only the top teams completed the full race distance, every other team was lapped.

"These goals are shared at every level by the stakeholders in the sport, especially the fans. An important step has been taken, but there is more to come and we are definitely moving in the right direction."

Brawn is hopeful that the planned rule change will be successful and that a new era of Formula 1 is born. 

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