Forghieri: Get rid of the ridiculous DRS

Mauro Forghieri with Jody Scheckter in 1979

Mauro Forghieri with Jody Scheckter in 1979

Legendary Ferrari designer Mauro Forghieri has a couple of simple suggestions to spice up Formula 1, and one of them is to get rid of DRS.

Amid a dwindling television audience in 2014, most of the blame has fallen on the brand new engine rules, with smaller, quiet turbo motors replacing the screaming V8s of the past.

Forghieri, a leading figure at the fabled Maranello team from the 60s to the 80s, backs the new V6 turbo hybrid era, “All the major manufacturers want hybrids, and I think it’s good that they only need 70 per cent of the fuel of the past, or even less, for the same distance.”

“Where I cannot agree with the FIA is the monitoring of fuel consumption lap after lap,” the 79-year-old, who designed the legendary 312 series and Niki Lauda’s title-winning cars, added. “In my very personal opinion, Formula 1 is a show of power and so this rule is unacceptable from a sporting perspective.”

Anti-DRS banner

Anti-DRS banner

Unsurprisingly, Forghieri is also no fan of the rear wing overtaking aid called ‘DRS’, which has been similarly denounced by other Formula 1 purists.

“Get rid of the DRS,” he exclaimed. “DRS is ri-di-cu-lous,” he emphasised. “I dislike the whole aerodynamics of the current cars – I don’t understand why it is not reduced in order to allow normal overtaking without DRS.”

“Now, if one’s opponent is less than a second behind, he can only watch as his pursuer goes past – and that cannot be correct. A world champion needs to be in a position to overtake his opponent without help – otherwise, in my eyes, he is not a world champion,” Forghieri insisted.

He said that another rule change that would improve the racing is in the area of braking, “How many road cars use discs made of carbon? So why is it used in Formula 1? If we would use normal discs in Formula 1, the braking distances would be double and overtaking would be so much easier.” (GMM)