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Alonso defends DRS overtakes

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Fernando Alonso stuggled to get past Nico Rosberg early in the race © Sutton Images
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Fernando Alonso has defended the DRS after comments that overtaking in the Turkish Grand Prix was too easy.

Many passing moves occurred in the DRS zone on the run down to turn 12, with the majority being completed on the straight before the cars reached the braking zone. Alonso, however, said that it wasn't the result of the moveable rear wing making overtaking too easy, but more a consequence of the rapidly-degrading Pirelli tyres.

"I think it was fine," Alonso told the BBC. "The overtaking we saw was more from tyre-performance difference than DRS. I like it; we are getting used to it. It is a new F1 compared to last year. When we followed Rosberg in the first couple of laps, it was impossible to overtake him but when he started to have tyre degradation it was very easy to overtake him. So it is more tyre-related."

Alonso also said that detractors of the system should remember that the new rules were implemented by request in order to increase entertainment, though he hoped the races were not becoming too difficult to follow.

"It is what the people asked," he said. "More show, more pit stops, more overtaking. It can be a bit confusing for people. You can follow the first five guys but you cannot follow the 14th place because it is already too many stops. But the important thing is lots of people in the grandstands and lots of people in front of the television and hopefully this year it is better."