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Verstappen: Red Bull issue shows DRS is needed in F1

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 22: George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W13 and Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 battle for track position during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Max Verstappen believes that `the fact he struggled to make an overtake without DRS in Spain proves the system should remain in Formula 1.

While the new technical regulations made following cars ahead easier, overtaking was still a challenge. DRS remained a key to a successful maneuver.

Verstappen showed that at the Spanish GP. The DRS issue the Dutchman encountered made it difficult for him to pass George Russell.

Verstappen insists that DRS should not be removed from the cars, otherwise it will be impossible to make an overtake.

“Well, if it [DRS] is not [on the car] anymore then we are just driving in a train, I think I demonstrated that it’s really frustrating, so you need DRS at the moment with the cars,” he said.

“We can follow a little bit easier but once you’re behind, I do think the drag is a little bit less, like you don’t have that slipstream effect like last year, for example. And then you still need a DRS to be able to have a go into turn 1.”

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