Massa Backed DRS ban on the Eau Rouge at Spa

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Ferrari’s Felipe Massa has recently Backed International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) decision of banning the Drag Reduction System for Eau Rouge which is turn 2 of the legendary Spa-Francorchamps where the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix is expected to take place this weekend.

“I have been following the discussion regarding the use of DRS at the Eau Rouge corner and I think banning its use there for the whole weekend is the right decision. As racing drivers, we would always try and use DRS there and that could lead to an accident, because of the particular nature of the corner. So, just as was the case in the tunnel in Monaco, I think this is the best solution,” Massa told the media.

The International Motoring Federation (FIA) believes that use of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) would be too risky at the most spectacular corner on the awesome Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Mark Webber of Red Bull said the Eau Rouge corner remained a huge challenge without any outside interference or assistance.

He told the BBC: "The reason it's so massively rewarding for the drivers is there is a huge plunge down into the bottom of the corner at full speed - we're in top gear approaching 200 mph - and then you climb the wall on the other side and pop out of the top.

"Irrespective of how comfortable it is, that's still an amazing sensation, and you need total concentration to make sure the car is positioned correctly - it's three kinks that you need to line up and get right.

"You really don't want to be going off there -- even with the increased safety we have these days."

The use of DRS can increase top speeds by reducing a car's down-force by around 10 per cent and it is usually used only on straights.

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