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Formula 1: KERS, DRS and Pirelli Fail to Make a Difference

The raft of radical changes introduced into Formula One for the 2011 season have proven to be just as pointless and ineffectual as most of those preceding them. After an initial flurry of excitement and overtaking, the influence of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), DRS (Drag Reduction System) and Pirelli’s self-shredding tyres have been all but eliminated. Instead, we have returned to the predictability and processional races that have been the hallmark of recent seasons. The whole concept of something as visceral as F1 being manipulated by technological gimmicks is beneath the sport. Changing the rules to allow an opening rear wing, something designed specifically to create overtaking opportunities that would not ordinarily exis...

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