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FIA set to ban DRS use in the tunnel at Monaco // The FIA reverse their previous decision not to ban DRS use

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This is F1Minute and it’s the 23rd May 2011.

Autosport are reporting that the FIA will ban the use of DRS in the tunnel at Monaco, after several drivers spoke out about their safety concerns. The debate began earlier in the month but FIA race director Charlie Whiting told teams there would be no ban in Monaco, however, after continued complaints from GPDA chairman Rubens Barrichello, the governing body have changed their minds.

Barrichello said: “I just think it is wrong, I would love the people at the top to sit in hte car and try to do the tunnel with the DRS open.” He added: “I think Monaco is what it is. It is not overtaking territory.” However, Renault team boss Éric Boullier disagreed, saying: “My own view is that the drivers will build up their confidence... by the time qualifying arrives they will know in how much of the tunnel they can safely use the DRS wing.”

The ban is only for a specified distance surrounding the tunnel, with drivers free to use the Drag Reduction System through the rest of the lap in practice and qualifying. The overtaking zone during the Grand Prix itself is likely to be placed at the start/finish straight.