Date: 26th May 2011 at 10:00am
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Williams driver Rubens Barrichello who also acts as Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman has praised the common sense decision to ban the use of DRS in the Monaco tunnel.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting made the U-Turn earlier this week after previously telling teams that there would be no ban in Monaco.

But following pressure from the drivers a decision was made on Monday and that has been fully backed by the Formula One drivers.

‘It was very wise of the FIA to use the DRS, but not in the tunnel, We’ve got to try to overtake, for sure, and there are differences in speed that might make it possible.’ Rubens Barrichello told Autosport Magazine.

‘It is very very narrow. We’ve seen in the past people trying to overtake and just crash into each other. I think we need to learn. I’m very happy with the decision that we are not going to be using DRS in the tunnel. The rest of the track is fine.’

McLaren’s Jenson Button added: ‘The first person that tried to use DRS in the tunnel was going to put it in the wall. It’s a very good idea [to ban it]. It’s not going to help overtaking through the tunnel and it’s pointless having it. It’s an unnecessary danger.’

During practice and qualifying the DRS will be allowed in all other areas of the Monte Carlo track, whilst in the race the DRS zone will be in operation down the start-finish line.

 

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