Fernando Alonso highlights the importance of DRS with a Michael Schumacher example after a dramatic P3 fight with Sergio Perez at Sao Paulo

Fernando Alonso has proved extremely strong behind the wheel of the AMR23.


Fernando Alonso highlights the importance of DRS with a Michael Schumacher example after a dramatic P3 fight with Sergio Perez at Sao Paulo

Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Sergio Perez (Via IMAGO)

The DRS(Drag reduction system) has always been discussed at the pinnacle of motor racing. It has operated since 2011, with several pundits divided over its use in the sport. This very system helped Fernando Alonso overtake Sergio Perez on the last lap during the recently concluded Brazilian GP, and after the event, the former has wholeheartedly defended it.

The DRS helps a driver overtake his rival if he is within one second of the car ahead. While a lot has been said about it over the years, Fernando Alonso has defended it by referencing a 2005 on-track battle he had with the former 7-time Formula 1 world champion, Michael Schumacher.

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During that era, the DRS was not in play, and while keeping this in view, he said as reported by racingnews365;

If in 2005 you lose the position, then it's bye-bye, you cannot recover, and here I had another chance. It has been introduced to provide a little bit better show and today is a good example of that because you get overtaken two laps from the end and then you have another chance, especially here in Brazil.

Looking at the comments of the Spaniard, it is quite clear that he is immensely pleased with the usage of DRS in F1.

We saw on Saturday as well, when there is an overtaking done into Turn 1, there is a possibility - a strong possibility - that into Turn 4, someone will get the position back.

Fernando Alonso has scored eight podiums in 2023 so far

While Fernando Alonso was seen back on the F1 podium in Brazil after a run of poor performances, overall, it has been a fulfilling year for him. With Aston Martin, he has amassed note-worthy success and has been able to showcase that he still has it in him to go wheel-to-wheel with the younger generation.

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Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll (Credits: F1)
Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll (Credits: F1)

Moreover, Alonso has managed a brilliant eight-podium finish equal to the Red Bull driver Sergio Perez. He currently sits in fourth place in the 2023 drivers championship with 198 points, and with two Grand Prix remaining, he can add a few more to his impressive tally.

Next up on the F1 calendar is the inaugural Las Vegas GP, and considering this, it will be fascinating to see how Fernando Alonso would go in his AMR23 on the iconic Las Vegas strip. The hype around the upcoming event has picked up a massive pace in recent days.

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