Montoya: DRS like giving photoshop to Picasso

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He may have walked away from Formula 1 back in 2006, but IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya is never one to shy away from debates about the sport, and has recently waded in on the topic of DRS.

The controversial Drag Reduction System – which works via a flap in the rear wing to give the cars more top speed – has been largely met with a negative response since its introduction back in 2011.

Despite being designed to enhance overtaking, it appears to have gone too far, making passing too easy at tracks such as the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada and even along the back straight at the Circuit of the Americas.

Now Montoya, who last raced in F1 for McLaren back in 2006, has joined the list of critics.

“It makes a better show because people pass people, but I think overtaking is an art,” the Colombian joked when speaking to The Racer’s Edge. “It’s like giving Picasso Photoshop.

“You had to think and you had to risk a lot. You don’t have to fight for the positions now.

“You come into the straight and if you are close enough you have DRS and you’ve cleared the guy by the next corner.”

Montoya spent five and a half seasons in Formula 1 before walking away part of the way through the 2006 season. He then moved to NASCAR, but has returned to IndyCar in 2014 after spending some of his pre-F1 years in American single seaters.

Valtteri Bottas fastest in Friday F1 practices for Russian Grand Prix

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SOCHI, Russia — Valtteri Bottas paced both F1 practices Friday for the Russian Grand Prix on Friday as Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was slowed by damaged tires in the first session.

Bottas turned a fast lap of 1 minute, 33.519 seconds in the second session that bettered Hamilton’s 1:33.786.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was more than a second behind Bottas in third at 1:34.577, followed by the McLaren Racing duo of Carlos Sainz Jr. (1:34.723) and Lando Norris (1:34.847).

In the first F1 session at Sochi, Valtteri Bottas set the pace with a time of 1 minute, 34.923 seconds, beating Ricciardo by half a second. Max Verstappen was third quickest in his Red Bull, a further 0.147 back.

Hamilton could only manage 19th fastest after locking up his tires and leaving them with a flat spot. Ferrari again struggled to find pace with Sebastian Vettel ninth and Charles Leclerc 11th.

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The first session was briefly red-flagged when Nicholas Latifi crashed his Williams. Carlos Sainz Jr. spun his McLaren backward into a barrier and broke off his rear wing.

Verstappen spun during the second session but avoided damage to his car.