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DRS failure in Abu Dhabi was 'great' - Villeneuve

DRS failure in Abu Dhabi was 'great' - Villeneuve
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Abu Dhabi demonstrated that F1 can survive without DRS.

Abu Dhabi demonstrated that F1 can survive without DRS.

That is the view of 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, an outspoken critic of the artificial overtaking-boosting system.

Daniel Ricciardo said after the 2019 finale that F1's DRS system failure over the first 20 laps last Sunday demonstrated that the sport still needs the overtaking aid.

But Villeneuve said of the DRS failure in Abu Dhabi: "It was great. It was just real racing.

"You could see drivers preparing their manoeuvre, working on it and ultimately making beautiful passing moves.

"It wasn't the usual overtaking like they are on a highway. It was exciting," the former 11-time grand prix winner added.

Villeneuve told the Dutch publication Formule 1: "It was a good demonstration of what's bad about DRS. It's artificial.

"The fans complained about the lack of overtaking, but since then it's only been about quantity rather than quality."

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· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
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· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

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