Seidl hopes new rules will allow F1 to scrap DRS

All F1 cars have been fitted with a Drag Reduction System (DRS) since the 2011 season in a bid to improve overtaking, allowing drivers to reach an increased top speed when running within a 2nd of the automobile in front.

The system has faced regular criticism throughout its time in use, but remained in place beneath the new technical regulations which were unveiled last October.

These were set to be introduced in 2021, but will now enter into force for the 2022 season after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

F1 will also introduce a new budget cap of $145 million from 2021 in a bid to make the sport more sustainable and bring the field closer together, with the latter also being targeted via a new handicap system for aerodynamic development.

Speaking to select media throughout a press conference on Tuesday, Seidl said he was happy to see moves to attempt to bring the field closer together, hoping it would allow for add-ons such as DRS to be scrapped.

“One thing I always liked in Formula 1 is that everyone is having or working towards the same regulations, and in the end, the team or the driver that simply did the best job wins,” Seidl said.

“I still have this dream that with the new regulations from ’22 onwards with the budget cap, that hopefully we get to a position 1 day again where we could have no artificial overtaking devices.

“[We could have] simply a great show with a competitive field with cars that will race one another very closely.

“At once, we have to face reality. This year and also next year, we are able to in the end are expectant of a similar pecking order again, with a significant gap again between the top three teams and the others, similar to what we now have seen in previous years.”

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With the status quo expected to remain with this year, F1 bosses were hopeful of taking advantage of the altered calendar to make some format changes, like a reverse grid sprint race in place of qualifying.

Nine teams including McLaren were in favour of the move, limited to Mercedes to block its introduction with this season.

Seidl said he felt 2020 provided an “ideal opportunity” to here is another format tweak that could been employed by in McLaren’s favour, but understood Mercedes’ grounds to reject the move.

“A team like McLaren would have been up for that, because it would have been a great opportunity for us to score big results which are simply not possible to achieve in normal races at the moment,” Seidl said.

“But I can fully understand also that a team like Mercedes, being so dominant and so competitive, and looking that strong again in winter, that they cannot accept an introduction suddenly of random racing.”