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Monaco DRS is 'wrong' - Barrichello

ESPNF1 Staff
May 11, 2011 « Gascoyne praises 'bold' Pirelli | »
Rubens Barrichello fears the DRS could lead to more accidents in Monaco © Getty Images

Rubens Barrichello has called the FIA's decision not to ban the use of the DRS in Monaco 'wrong'.

Drivers have expressed concerns that the system would be too dangerous to use around the street circuit, with the most obvious section for the zone during the race being in the tunnel. With the addition of the predicted Pirelli marbles making it even more slippery than usual off-line, Barrichello believes the risk of a high-speed incident is too great.

"I just think it is wrong," Barrichello told Autosport. "I would love the people at the top to sit in the car and try to do the tunnel with the DRS open. In my opinion, they are waiting for something bad to happen. And when it happens, they will just say, 'oh, next year we will not have it for Monaco.' The drivers have not been listened to right now and I think it is the wrong decision."

Barrichello said that the tight confines of the track mean that Monaco is always going to be a race with little overtaking, and that the DRS is just likely to lead to more accidents than overtakes.

"You are going to try to use it there (in the tunnel). I can see a race with safety cars a long way. If they could listen still: I think Monaco is what it is. It is not overtaking territory. Do they think they can introduce overtaking through the DRS? They possibly can, but they might hurt someone. That is a voice from experience."