Date: 12th May 2011 at 11:28am
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Formula One’s most experienced driver Rubens Barrichello has spoken out against the FIA’s decision to use DRS at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Many drivers including the Williams driver spoke about safety concerns regarding the driver enabled moveable rear wing for Monaco, claiming the track wasn’t suitable for the device.

Drivers will now be able to use the DRS device through the tunnel in qualifying, something that Rubens believes is unsafe.

‘I just think it is wrong, I would love the people at the top to sit in the car and try to do the tunnel with the DRS open.’ Barrichello told Autosport Magazine.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting consulted with teams last weekend in Turkey, with teams and drivers split over the best way forward.

Some argued for a ban, whilst others argued that a ban wasn’t required and if a ban was implemented then teams would be forced to design expensive rear-wings just to use in Monaco.

With no general consensus, Whiting told F1 teams on Sunday that DRS would be used.

‘In my opinion, they are waiting for something bad to happen. And when it happens, they will just say, ‘oh, next year we will not have it for Monaco.’ The drivers have not been listened to right now and I think it is the wrong decision.’

‘You are going to try to use it there, I can see a race with safety cars a long way. If they could listen still: I think Monaco is what it is. It is not overtaking territory.

‘Do they think they can introduce overtaking through the DRS? They possibly can, but they might hurt someone. That is a voice from experience.’
Barrichello who is also the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman concluded.