So far the Abu Dhabi circuit has failed to provide the kind of quality on-track action that lives up to its spectacular setting - but can DRS turn what is normally a dull race into a thriller this year?
The Yas Marina circuit offers few opportunities for drivers to make an overtaking move and in its first race, two years ago, there were just six successful attempts - only Barcelona, Valencia and Singapore had fewer that season. Last year was not much better, with 13 passes putting it fifth from bottom behind Barcelona, Monaco, Hungary and Suzuka had fewer.
The twisty 5.554km track is mostly made up of first-, second- and third-gear corners, with its average speed bumped up to 201km/h by two long straights, the longest of which is 1,140m and sees cars spend around 14s at full throttle. This results in a high downforce track with a layout that encourages processional racing.
This year all that could change - because the layout of the circuit seems to be the perfect fit to encourage the two aspects of 2011 Grand Prix racing that can lead to overtaking.
The FIA will introduce two independently activated DRS zones this weekend, the first halfway along the straight between turns seven and eight and the second halfway along the curved run into the turn 11-12-13 complex. The important thing, however, is the position of their detection points.
The first detection point will be within the slow turn seven hairpin, where the chasing car should be able to stay close enough to be inside the one-second gap required to activate the system. The overtaking car will then have to make a move as early as possible, as they will need to build a one-second advantage over the car they have just passed before the corner complex at the end of that zone, as this is where the detection point for the next DRS zone is located.
The last race in India demonstrated that it is possible to have long straights that seem perfect for overtaking with DRS only for that to turn out not to be the case - with the Buddh circuit producing the lowest number of overtaking moves all season.
The two DRS zones in India both came after slow corners, but the detection zone for the first was after a fairly fast corner and the second was after a mini curved straight, meaning it was not always easy for the chasing car to stay within the one-second gap required to activate the system.
Quite often this year, the DRS alone has not been enough to instigate a pass and a difference in grip between cars due to tyre wear has been needed to give added difference, with the relative traction between the cars heading into the DRS zone vitally important.
And this is where the Abu Dhabi race should work well.
Most of the Yas Marina track is biased towards lower-speed corners, which put a lot of work in the rear tyre - and the rear tyre grip directly affects the traction performance out of corners.
With track temperatures starting in the low 40 degrees and decreasing as the sun sets, the day-night race will throw in additional curve-balls of changing tyre pressures, grip and balance in these conditions, and with soft and medium compounds available any mismanagement could lead to increased DRS opportunities.
Statistics confirm that the introduction of DRS has led to a dramatic increase in overtaking this year, with all but two of the races seeing an increase in overtaking and on average the number of successful passes has doubled at each race.
So, all being well, this weekend should see the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix add exciting racing into a mix that has already defined it as an outstanding spectacle.