On Tuesday morning, the FIA announced that changes will be made to Formula 1’s technical regulations ahead of the 2019 season in order to promote more overtaking. At face value, this proposition is mouthwatering to fans who enjoyed the novelty of seeing Daniel Ricciardo tear from sixth to first in a frenetic 10 laps during the Chinese Grand Prix.
However, could an early step towards the new-look F1 of 2021 be a dangerous distraction that could ultimately devalue the art of overtaking?
Even since its introduction in 2011, the Drag Reduction System and its application has been a point of contention among Formula 1 fans. Deemed by many as a feature too artificial to have a place in F1, calls for a review into whether DRS should be scrapped have regularly been made.
It’s now 2017, however, and DRS is arguably now more entrenched in the sport than ever, given the added challenges that the increased effects of turbulent air and lower tyre degradation have made to ‘unaided’ overtaking.
The question is, should we now consider DRS an essential key to creating a racing spectacle or a crutch that F1 should have long tossed aside?