Kimi: DRS ban 'a good move'
SENSIBLE MOVE: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen reckons the DRS ban makes sense, it will be effective from 2013 onwards.
Kimi Raikkonen believes banning the use of the moveable rear-wing drag reduction systems on Friday and Saturday in 2013 practice will be a good move.
DRS was introduced in 2011 to make overtaking easier during a grand prix but, because the FIA feared set-up compromises would minimise the effectiveness of the system, it was decided that it could also be used during free practice and qualifying.
In 2013 it will only be allowed during the race.
CHANGE IS GOOD
Raikkonen said: "It's a sensible change. It had been going more in the direction of everybody trying to take advantage all the time to use DRS earlier and earlier. At some point it was going to cause a big crash. The drivers wanted this change."
However he does believe the DRS clampdown could also be useful for another reason. "It will probably stabilise the better cars, where for example the Red Bulls were able to drive through some corners with the DRS open, while others could not."
Meanwhile, Raikkonen rubbished suggestions that top drivers such as Lewis Hamilton were able to switch teams and improve the performance of a team's car.
"If it was true, you wouldn't need engineers any more." he explained. "Of course we drivers give our opinions and the engineers listen. We try what they come up with to see whether it works or how good it is but it's not right that they ask the drivers how to build the car.”