Hamilton: DRS 'a band-aid for F1's ultimate flaw'

Lewis Hamilton says that none of his overtakes during his fight through the field in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix really stood out due to the ease DRS offered in completing each move, calling the assist a “band-aid” for Formula 1’s “biggest flaw”.

Hamilton battled his way from a pit lane start to finish fourth at Interlagos on Sunday, crossing the line just 5.4 seconds behind race winner Sebastian Vettel after a spirited charge through the field.

Despite pulling off a number of overtakes when rising up the order, Hamilton admitted that none of them felt particularly special or stood out due to the ease with which DRS allows passes to be made.

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“Honestly, they didn’t really feel like any one of them was particularly special to me,” Hamilton said.

“I’m not a big fan of DRS. While I think DRS enables overtaking, it’s like a band-aid for the ultimate flaw in the whole concept of a Formula 1 car: that you can’t follow.

“They were just about getting up close and using the DRS, which is not like go-karting when you have to get close and then manoeuvre.

“I guess the [move on Sergio Perez around the] outside of Turn 1, I was quite happy about that but there wasn’t any other highlighted overtaking manoeuvre that I wished that I could have done.

“This is a race track where it’s difficult to get past, but the delta is actually smaller than in other places. If you look at most of the circuits we go to, the delta to overtake the car in front I usually a second and a half or something like that. You have to be a second and a half faster and that’s a whole tyre compound and a bit.

“That just shows there is obviously a weakness and a flaw in the cars’ design, and while the cars are fantastic this year, that’s an area we can improve on for the future.”

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