Kamui Kobayashi was the one who first to raise the issue, saying that he could take Blanchimont at full tilt on the very first attempt with rear wing set flat. "Come on, let's have a bet – show me your money, then I'll show you. I can produce the telemetry data later..." said the Japanese driver to the amazement of many in the paddock.
Ultimately, he couldn't take the turn with a flat wing on the first lap, as deployment of DRS is prohibited in the wet. Nevertheless, opinions about his statement are very divided: "He's kamikaze." Not even full-throttle freak Lewis Hamilton could believe what the Japanese driver was saying.