That change, unlike the one in 2009, appears to have worked. Drivers can, quite clearly, stay closer to each other than they could before, even at tracks that work the aero, and therefore the following cars, harder like Spa and Barcelona.
But, DRS still persists. F1 kept it there as a crutch, just in case the new rules didn’t quite keep the cars close enough to realistically overtake. It’s meant a pretty barnstorming few races this season – littered among some poor ones, because not every race has to be an epic.
And, as we saw at Spa this year, and a few other tracks, and had been the case in F2 for some time since it received the system, DRS has often been the opposite of helpful. Spa showcased that regularly DRS is great for creating one of two things:
1. The driver behind is able to follow close enough, and would probably have been able to overtake, so now can just blast by on the straight without any kind of skill.
2. The driver behind isn’t quite fast enough to pass, but has DRS, keeping the car behind unable to pass, but they too have DRS etc etc – DRS train.