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Hamilton clarifies DRS usage

ESPNF1 Staff
July 8, 2011 « Webber hoping for dry running | »
Lewis Hamilton was encouraged by the new parts he tested © Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton visited the stewards following Friday's practice sessions for the British Grand Prix to explain his use of the DRS system in the wet.

Hamilton went out during the first session on slick tyres despite the track still being very wet in order to carry out some straight line aerodynamic tests. Hamilton was seen using his DRS along the Hangar Straight because he was on slick tyres even though the system is not permitted in the wet. Hamilton said he went to the stewards to discuss the usage and clarify in which conditions it could be activated.

"The reason I went to the stewards was to discuss the correct usage of DRS in wet conditions," Hamilton said. "The rules don't clearly state whether you can use DRS on slicks in wet conditions, which is what we did this morning. The stewards just wanted to understand so that they could tighten the wording of the regulations for the next race. I also suggested a couple of tweaks to make the regulations clearer and safer, so it was quite a useful visit."

Hamilton also said that despite the weather he was pleased with the data he had gathered during the wet running, and was hopeful of being competitive over the rest of the weekend.

"It's a shame today was so wet, because I really wanted to put on a good show for all the fans - they had to brave some pretty cold and damp conditions all day, so I'm pleased that it looks like the weather will improve for the rest of the weekend. Fingers crossed.

"Despite the lack of running, today was actually quite encouraging; we tested a couple of things and I managed to pick up quite a decent feeling for the car. It's going to be interesting tomorrow if it's dry, because I think our car is looking quite good. The new rear wing also felt quite positive, but we've still got to decide whether we carry it over into tomorrow and the race itself."