My first subject for this Motormouth section shall be an appetiser of things to come – simply, I’m going to discuss the new gizmo Formula 1 has introduced for this 2011 season, in the form of the Drag Reduction System, or Adjustable Rear Wing.

The concept is, as far as I’m aware, a new one for open-wheel racing, and certainly one which is properly legalised and enforced by the FIA during a race weekend. Critics have been divided over its introduction, but before I clamber down off the fence and give my opinion on why it’s so great, a little background info is necessary to let those in the cheap seats get up to speed.

For too long now, the lack of overtaking in Formula 1 has been a big thorn in its side. It’s not the only formula which is blighted by too many races which turn into boring processions – the hi-tech German touring car championship, the DTM, suffers from the exact same issue at present – because both series have fantastically complicated aerodynamic kits put on the cars.

All those winglets, swoopy sidepods, front and rear wings and intricate diffusers make the cars go like a rocketship, but put these cars a short distance behind another car and the intended aero grip falls away dramatically, more than negating the natural slipstreaming effect.

Attempts to improve overtaking (and slow the cars down) in 2005 and 2009 were totally unsuccessful and temporarily successful, respectedly. For 2009 though, while the opening four races were awash with quite a bit of passing (the Australia 2009 Grand Prix, in particular, saw some outrageous overtaking moves made, the likes of which just aren’t normally seen), as soon as the boffins back at the teams’ headquarters managed to claw back all the lost downforce, the age-old problem of overtaking difficulties resurfaced.

Hence, the introduction of the DRS. Or ARW. Or something else that lends itself to an uninspiring acronym.

And after a so-so introduction in the opening round in Melbourne, it’s proved to be pretty darn effective, especially in Istanbul, where reported well over 100 passes for position during the race, comfortably the most for any F1 event since reliable records began in the early 1980s.

I have heard people saying this has led to ‘too much overtaking’ and it will ‘be like NASCAR’. Pfft. They should be taken to one side and made to watch some dreadful events from the past decade, of which there have been plenty, where passing was practically impossible. Nearly every race held at Barcelona or the Hungaroring, for example, are usually about as exciting as waiting for paint to dry, then for the same paint to peel.

Yes, it’s different, and yes, F1 is a little more difficult to follow this season because – ye gods – overtaking is allowed, but it’s infinitely more exciting. Nowadays, people are watching the start of the race, then watching the rest, because the order keeps changing. Previously they could watch the start, have a little sleep, then wake up to find in about half the races, nothing drastic had happened. So there you go- F1, no longer a cure for insomnia!