KERS and DRS the future of Formula 1

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KERS and DRS the future of Formula 1


The Formula 1 governing body were under considerable pressure to improve the quality of racing with the established manufacturers always the first to podium. The races were becoming less exciting and predictable with Formula 1 ratings taking a nose dive.

One thing to keep in mind are the tracks that allow overtaking, the older tracks gave more opportunity to drivers to perform over taking moves. The tracks in the present schedule don’t give drivers that much liberty and over taking is far more difficult and dangerous now.

The introduction of KERS (Kinetic Energy Reserve System) and DRS (Drag Reduction System) has brought a breath of fresh air in Formula 1 which allows drivers to perform more over taking manures. These systems are brought in so the excitement and competitiveness in Formula 1 could reach the dizzy heights of early 90’s where they really belong.

The basic mechanism of KERS is to store the kinetic energy of moving vehicles and to use it to gain acceleration. This energy can be stored in battery or flywheel. It acts as a nitrous, giving a considerable boost in acceleration the key in overtaking. It was introduced in 2009 and Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) gave an option to manufacturers of either using or not.

Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes driven by Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 26,2009 in a KERS equipped car. But how important KERS can be was noticed in the following year when Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen won the Belgian Grand Prix by using KERS to pass by Giancarlo Fisichella and winning the race.

DRS have also been major hit with drivers which allow them to reduce drag force by opening the flap of their rear wing of the car. This allows them better handling and manoeuvrability while over taking, though they can only apply it in a DRS zone and only when they are one second behind the car ahead of them.

For many drivers it has brought more added competition and makes it for more exciting races. Formula 1 great Michael Schumacher feels that DRS could be the future of Motorsport  and has welcomed its inclusion in this season.

"To me it is obvious we have improved big time, we have had some exciting races. Look at Korea: if you think about the fight that Mark and Lewis had there, without DRS it would have been nowhere close. It would have been a normal and more traditional race.”

These two systems have made a huge impact in deciding races. According to reports analyzed and assembled by Mercedes almost 1436 overtakes were done by in this season alone which is most in any recent Formula 1 season making an average of 45 overtakes per race.

This increase in number of overtakes is a welcome sign by many Formula 1 fans who were getting bored by the more traditional and normal racing with all the drama taking place in the first lap and the same cars lapping in the same position for the whole race.

Though DRS has also come in for criticism as well as it has made overtaking far more easier with the pursuer having more advantage of overtaking then the defending driver. Though few changes are needed to be made in order to make it perfect but the fact is Formula 1 is going to back to its roots of action packed exciting race which we all love to see.

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