Johnny Herbert calls out Hamilton and Russell criticism due to Mercedes fear

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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell’s criticism of F1’s DRS rules have been called out by ex-driver Johnny Herbert. The two Mercedes stars moaned at the FIA’s decision to reduce the length of the DRS zone at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix which they claim led to a lack of overtaking.

However, Herbert doesn’t back their comments as he highlighted the difficulties backing either side of the argument. He told Express Sport: “DRS is a very, very hard thing to control. The difference between the fastest car and at the moment it’s Red Bull that has an advantage anyway.

“Then you’ve got the Ferrari, then you’ve got the Aston, then the Merc, the McLaren, all the other cars. They are not all the same so the DRS does effectively vary from car to car, team to team.

“You look at what happened in Baku, the racing didn’t quite happen in the race when they’re were a lot of expectations of it. So I know it got blamed that it was the DRS. But isn’t it interesting when the DRS is working, everybody sort of goes well overtakes are too easy.

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“When it gets to where actually it’s a little bit more difficult then it’s wrong. So it’s wrong when it works but it’s wrong when it doesn’t work.”

FIA race directors decided to cut the DRS zone in Baku by 100 metres ahead of the Grand Prix. Days later, the race was plagued with a lack of overtaking, prompting fans to dub the race too “boring” on social media.

It led to the two Mercedes drivers pointing the finger at rule makers for the DRS decision. Hamilton explained: “They shortened the DRS this year down the straight, I don’t know why they did that, we have always had great racing the way the DRS was. By the time we turn DRS on, it was too late.”

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Russell commented: “The drivers have had zero input. I’ve been a little bit disappointed again that we weren’t in that loop — I’m not even sure the FIA are aware that we feel that overtaking is harder, yet they’re basing the DRS off historic information. It’s going to make it challenging to overtake.”

A week later, the DRS zones were also shortened at the Miami Grand Prix which promoted another frustrated response. The ex-Williams star said the tweaks saw F1 going in “the wrong direction” and even pledged to hold talks with FIA bosses.

But, Herbert stressed the governing body needs to stay firm to avoid teams manipulating the rules to suit them. Herbert said: “Who makes the call? Well, it has to be the FIA.

“If you leave it to the drivers and the teams as I see it they will try and influence it so it benefits them maybe. That’s not what the FIA are trying to achieve. They are trying to achieve that the overtake is not like the Red Bull.

“It’s trying to find a balance and over the years they have always tried to move it.”

Herbert hosts The Lift the Lid podcast alongside Billie Monger.

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