Vettel: Silverstone DRS could split the grid

Date published: July 6 2018

Sebastian Vettel is concerned that Silverstone’s new DRS zone could play into the hands of F1’s bigger teams, splitting the grid even more.

This weekend there’s a third DRS zone at Silverstone, running down the start/finish straight.

As DRS doesn’t close until such a time as the brakes are applied, that means drivers can theoretically take Turns 1 and 2 flat-out with DRS open.

And while the move is designed to improve overtaking, Vettel fears is could cause more harm than good.

“It’s a bit tricky,” he said. “I don’t know if we can do it with DRS open or not.

“We have to try, with the [new] asphalt, [grippier] tyres and so on.

“If anybody is likely to do it then it’s us, as in the big teams with most of the downforce.

“So, I don’t know if that was the intention to split the grid even more.

“I’m sure other people have less downforce than us, so they will probably struggle more.”