Formula 1 chiefs are considering banning the use of the Drag Reduction System for the Monaco Grand Prix because of safety considerations.
The introduction of the DRS this year has been viewed as a great success in helping improve the racing, with Nico Rosberg even claiming last week that it was one of the best ideas that F1 has ever had. However, AUTOSPORT reports that a number of drivers have expressed reservations about the use of DRS in Monaco because of the track's unique characteristics.
As well as there being no long straight where a DRS passing zone would be very effective, drivers are worried that its free use throughout practice and qualifying could compromise safety. With grid positions so important at the Monte Carlo track, drivers could find themselves needing to take risks in running through some corners – like the fast right-hander through the famous tunnel – with the wing open to reduce drag.
Although no final decision on the matter has been taken, sources have confirmed that the FIA is considering not allowing the use of the DRS in Monaco. It is understood that discussions will be held with teams and drivers at next month's Turkish Grand Prix about the situation, with a final decision on what to do for Monaco being taken after that event.
With the implementation of the DRS having been given the thumbs-up by teams, drivers and fans, the FIA is sticking for now to the use of a single zone at each track where it can be activated in the races. At the Turkish GP, the DRS zone will be situated on the straights between Turns 10 and 12, although it is not yet known how far the activation area will extend for. For the following race in Spain, the zone will be on the start-finish straight.