'Wasn't it a massive shame when Charles Leclerc blasted past Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel to take the lead of the Bahrain Grand Prix? The way he lined up a four-time world champion on the long run down the start-finish straight and moved ahead with a textbook piece of judgement and aggression on the brakes... It just isn't real racing.'
If Formula 1 fans and drivers who hate the championship's drag-reduction system as much as they claim were consistent, that would have been their view last Sunday. They would have dismissed Leclerc's excellent pass on Vettel last weekend as just another example of the DRS making overtaking easy in F1. Instead, the role of a much-maligned overtaking aid in setting up what should have been a race-winning pass was conveniently ignored.
As much as many fans will not like this, one of the main reasons the Bahrain GP was so entertaining was the use of the DRS. The addition of a third DRS zone at the Sakhir circuit drew scorn from some drivers as a step too far, but it did not ruin the racing at all. It helped it.