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Lewis Hamilton believes DRS is not the solution to overtaking.

Lewis Hamilton states what the ultimate flaw in Formula One currently is

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Lewis Hamilton has spoken out against DRS, considering it a "band-aid" for the big problem in Formula One.

Hamilton finished the Brazilian Grand Prix in fourth place - something that required 10 overtakes to achieve. Despite this, the freshly-crowned champion didn't hold any of them in special regard, instead, believing that the Drag Reduction System takes away from the accomplishment.

The Drag Reduction System, or DRS, is in place to allow high speed overtaking. The system temporarily reduces drag (as the name does suggest) and in turn, increases the car's speed, giving it a needed boost to overtake.

This does, of course, reduce the need for skill and manoeuvring when overtaking - something that this year's Champion Driver feels is a serious problem.

"Honestly, it didn't really feel like any one of my overtakes were particularly special to me," Hamilton said after the Brazilian GP

"I'm not a big fan of DRS. While I think DRS enables overtaking, it's like a Band-Aid for the ultimate flaw in the whole concept of a Formula One car: that you can't follow.

"They were just about getting up close and using the DRS, which is not like go-karting when you have to get close and then manoeuvre. I guess the outside of Turn 1, I was quite happy about that but there wasn't any other highlighted overtaking manoeuvre that I did."

There have been several proposed changes to F1 that would enable more overtaking and create an arguably more exciting sport - one of which is the concept of reversing the grid, leaving faster cars at the back and needing to force their way to the front.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

Hamilton doesn't see a future in that either, however, again highlighting the Brazilian GP as an example.

"Interlagos is a race track where it's difficult to get past, but the delta is actually smaller than in other places. If you look at most of the circuits we go to, the delta to overtake the car in front is usually a second and a half or something like that. You have to be a second and a half faster and that's a whole tyre compound and a bit.

"That just shows there is obviously a weakness and a flaw in the cars' design, and while the cars are fantastic this year, that's an area we can improve on for the future. Reversing the grid, you didn't see the top four moving around, did you? So reversing the grid you would just reverse that and it would be the same."

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