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F1: Why DRS Is No Solution to the Problem of Overtaking

The introduction this season of DRS has undeniably resulted in greater instances of overtaking, which is exactly what it was designed to do.  If you're unfamiliar with the term, DRS stands for Drag Reduction System, and is a prominent feature of Formula One in 2011.  In layman's one (or occasionally, two) straights on each track, a driver within one second of the car in front can activate the system, which rotates the upper section of the rear wing into a near-horizontal angle.  As the airflow is moving in a generally horizontal direction over the car, the change of wing angle prevents it 'catching' as much airflow as usual, which reduces drag—drag slows the car—and allows greater straight-line speed.&n...

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