Massa: More overtaking in Valencia

Thursday 23rd June 2011

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Massa: More overtaking in Valencia

Massa: More overtaking in Valencia

Felipe Massa reckons this year it's more important than ever to have a consistently competitive car because of the introduction of DRS.

Last time out in Canada, the capability of the DRS, the drag reduction system, was highlighted as drivers were a sitting duck against those coming up behind them, who were allowed to use the device.

And, as most found, they were also not able to fight back as their rivals swept by and into the lead.

However, there is a definite plus side to the DRS, at least for that fans, and that is the abundance of overtaking witnessed this season.

And that should hopefully help to make Sunday's Valencia GP a race worth watching.

"One of the criticisms of this street circuit was that it turned out to be very difficult to overtake other cars, but this year we have the DRS and, like in Canada, we have two DRS zones where we can operate it," Massa said ahead of this weekend's Valencia street circuit.

"For sure, this will change the characteristics of the race, making it much easier to overtake.

"However, you have to do everything you can to ensure your car is competitive throughout the whole race, because this is the direction we have seen things go this year, in that if you are not competitive then it is very easy to lose places to other cars.

"In the past, before DRS, even if your car was slower than the one behind, you could defend your position more easily, keeping the car behind and not getting passed."

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