Monaco ban makes life a drag for rookie

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JEROME d’Ambrosio believes the drag reduction system (DRS) will not enhance the overtaking opportunities at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.

The DRS device, which was introduced at the start of the season, acts an overtaking aid to drivers.

However, the FIA, the governing body of Formula One, have opted to ban teams from using the device in the tunnel at Monaco because of safety concerns. It means that DRS is now strictly banned on that section of the street circuit, even in free practice and qualifying when its use is unlimited.

Marussia Virgin Racing driver D’Ambrosio said: “I don’t think it will significantly help overtaking here because of the nature of the circuit, but it will add to the workload whilst driving and that in itself will be quite tricky.”

Belgian racer d’Ambrosio completed 31 laps of the Monte Carlo track in the first free practice session yesterday. He went on to add another 40 to his tally in the second session in the afternoon.

“It was my first time round Monaco in a Formula One car and it went pretty well. We got some good data from the long runs,” he said.

Timo Glock, the Dinnington-based team’s senior driver, completed 52 laps in total from the two sessions.

He said: “We didn’t have any problems on the car in either the first or the second practice session. We were running at a similar pace to the guys at the top when we were on soft tyres, so in general I think it all went well.”

Team principal John Booth said Virgin will spend today analysing the data garnered from the two sessions.