The extra DRS zone at the exit of Turn 1 at Silverstone has been one of the main talking points over the race weekend. The opportunity to go flat out at the end of the straight and have that aero boost while facing the corner turned out to be a rather tough task, especially for the midfielders.
Among the top teams, Ferrari and Red Bull managed to accomplish the feat with ease, benefitting from their strong aero. The rest of the drivers, on the contrary, struggled with it and certain manoeuvres culminated in hazard from Friday to Sunday.
Carlos Sainz dealt with the issue on Friday at the end of FP2, underlining that the extra DRS zone did not act as an equalizer. “I envy those who can go into Turn 1 with the DRS open, I wish I could do it too but it’s not possible. We should discuss that in the drivers’ briefing, especially because it’s handing an even bigger advantage to the top teams, who have more downforce than us already.”
In the end, no further action was taken, as the choice to keep the DRS open or close it and re-open it manually was at each driver’s discretion as race director Charlie Whiting explained. "I think the incidents where drivers lost control through Turn 1 because they had their DRS open through Turn 1 is a driver choice, just like any other choice you make on a car,"
"It’s like any car that is challenging to drivers, and sometimes they try to do it flat when it’s not really flat, and they spin.”
"It’s the same thing, it’s their choice. If they thought they could do it, they can try it. It’s not a requirement to do it. It’s like any other choice that teams and drivers make."
The point of incrementing DRS coverage was to facilitate overtaking by allowing the drivers to get closer to their opponents at Turn 1. In fact, it did not provide any sheer overtaking in that spot.
"The idea was that drivers might get a little bit closer than they would have done otherwise and therefore be in a better position to attack on the straights between Turns 5 and 6.”
"The whole principle of DRS was to help overtaking and to allow them to use it in the places you can use it in the race seems entirely logical to me. I wouldn’t be in favour of going back."
We have seen various crashes throughout the weekend, but Marcus Ericsson’s was not actually deriving from his very will to keep the DRS open. The bumps on the track out of Turn 1, made him accidentally press the button behind the steering wheel, as he told the media on Sunday. Therefore, the Swede was thrown under the bus by an unintentional move, which sent him straight into the wall.