Drivers can’t use DRS for full length of Shanghai’s longest straight

2011 Chinese Grand Prix

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Shanghai, 2010

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Shanghai, 2010

The FIA has confirmed drivers will not be allowed to use the Drag Reduction System along the full length of Shanghai’s straight during the race.

Drivers will be allowed to deploy their DRS 902m before the turn 14 hairpin.

The stretch between turns 13 and 14 is the longest on the calendar, measuring 1,170m.

Here is an FIA diagram showing where drivers can deploy DRS (click to enlarge):

DRS zone for Shanghai

DRS zone for Shanghai

As usual, drivers will have free use of the DRS in practice and qualifying, including the full length of the straight.

Update: The FIA have shortened the DRS zone to 752 metres ahead of the race.

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105 comments on Drivers can’t use DRS for full length of Shanghai’s longest straight

  1. NestorLeone said on 13th April 2011, 18:16

    Long Straights suck big time.

    Far much better are long semi curves as the ones the old Hockenheim had. Where it’s not only going fast, but also withstanding the G forces that pull the car outside constantly.

    Same as U turns (also called 180’s). If the outgoing lane is not wide enough to allow multiple racing lines, and allow cars to begin accelerating earlier without rolling to the outside….

    Some people just watch 22 cars going around a track…. some others watch a race.

  2. I saw “MS” on the map and I thought it was Michael Schumacher’s position going down after every turn and straight

  3. PeriSoft said on 13th April 2011, 19:25

    Good lord. Some people watch racing for the crashes – at the moment, I’m not watching the racing at all – or at least, the speedy driving that some people insist on calling racing.

    But am watching the regulations and commentary on them for one crash in particular: The train wreck that the sport has become.

    Isn’t it about time for you guys to sit up, shake the dust out of your eyes, and say, ‘Hey, wait a minute! This whole thing is insane!’?

    You’re actually having a conversation about how to correctly position an “overtaking zone” so that there’s jussssst the right amount of passing.

    Can you not see the utter repulsiveness of this?

    Hasn’t enough time gone by for the “let’s wait and see” people to have seen the farce this has made of the sport? Or have you all become so blinded by the false excitement that you can’t remember a time when the racing wasn’t custom-designed to create just the perfect blend of passing and speed and danger to meet the target demographic of new viewers?

    With the level of outright support (and sympathiser-style discussion about implementation which legitimizes DRS) I’m seeing here, “f1traitor” would be a more suitable moniker for this site. I’ve tried to think of a less inflammatory word for it, but I don’t think there is one.


    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 13th April 2011, 20:41

      sympathiser-style discussion about implementation which legitimizes DRS […] “f1traitor” would be a more suitable moniker for this site.

      Seriously? I think you’re getting a bit carried away.

      First, I’m obviously not going to censor people just because they disagree with you.

      Second, you are far from the first person to point out that discussing where drivers should get overtaking assistance does not reflect well on F1.

      We’ve had discussions about DRS before, we’ll have them again, but if you want people to take your point of view seriously I’d ratchet down the rhetoric by few dozen decibels.

      • I didn’t – and don’t – advocate censoring anybody. But I do advocate passion for F1.

        And I find it odd that the guy who started f1fanatic is condemning me for being… fanatical about f1. DRS is not just a blip or a little experiment – it’s a fundamental change, a signifier of a complete tearing-down of the nature of motorsport.

        If it’s taken to heart by other series, it could easily see most forms of racing turn into farces like this.

        It wasn’t actually Hemingway who said this, but its spirit (despite my distaste for the other sports) is there: “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”

        DRS turns motor racing into a game. It is worth being fanatical about. It is worth making enough noise about that you not only noticed but replied. There are times for quiet, polite reasoning; this is not one of them. DRS – not the thing itself; that’s minor; I refer to the paradigm shift it represents – is the end of motorsport. I am not exaggerating.

        If a team were to employ a remote method to speed up one car so it could overtake the other, there would be outrage. If the FIA hit little buttons to slow down leading car at its whim, to make for more close racing, there would be outrage. If cars that had fallen behind were gradually given more and more power, there would be outrage.

        But DRS is the same as those – or worse – at its most fundamental level. This isn’t just about “does not reflect well” or “discussions about DRS”. DRS is a calculated and premeditated attack on the soul of racing. And what do you advocate? Polite discussion? No. This is not the time for that.

        As long as DRS exists in its current form, ‘discussions’ and nitpicking about overtaking zones and activation areas is, to use a cliche, like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. This is the time for someone like you, Keith, to throw your entire weight behind fighting DRS tooth and nail. Every resource you have should be dedicated to that goal, because as long as DRS exists, and as long as it opens the door for further such things, there is no F1 to be fanatical about.

        This blog is discussing a sport that no longer exists. The only thing that should be left to do is to get it back, not tiptoe around trying to figure out the best way to implement F1’s bullet to the head.

        • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 13th April 2011, 21:59

          Let’s just wait and see

        • John H said on 13th April 2011, 22:24

          I loved this rage. Surely we need more of this and some action please, not just brushing it under the carpet with considered comments. The pen is mightier than the sword, but let’s use a big fat permanent one at the very least.

          Problem is, whoever dreams up this DRS garbage has absolutely way too much power and no sense of what racing was and no isn’t because of this farce.

          I too get incensed when DC speaks to Nikki Lauda and thinks that a turbo button is the same thing.. arggghhh! This is why quiet bullet points do not work with this debate… the FIA and nincompoops like DC connected to obliging teams do not listen to us!

  4. pSynrg said on 13th April 2011, 22:05

    Yet more Super Mario antics. I’m certain we are just a few races away from picking up shrooms for more vrooms.

    Crass, artificial drivel. Really no place in F1, or rather what used to be F1.

  5. John H said on 13th April 2011, 22:14

    Can’t believe we’re talking about this. Doesn’t feel like F1.

  6. replay said on 13th April 2011, 23:18

    First, Why limiting the use of DRS? i mean
    this is a track with a long straight but thats not a fault of the team or pilot, i think they should use it all straight if they want, because as spectator i want to see something new happening

  7. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 14th April 2011, 2:37

    I guess that on this track we will see some artificial racing.I still think that the DRS should have been use in the main straight.

  8. dam00r (@dam00r) said on 14th April 2011, 4:13

    This decision is just to favour Red Bulls championship.
    It is a circuit. You can race on it. so use it all for god sake FIA!!!

  9. Himmat S. said on 14th April 2011, 8:27

    Since the back straight is actually a pretty decent overtaking spot already that has constantly seen action over the years, why not make the main straight along the start-finish straight as the DRS activation point? I mean, only that will the action spice up…and more overtaking opportunities will be created.

  10. Here is something that DRS could produce (I’m not quite sure how to look at it – it’s racing but a weird kind, anyway):

    Button and Hamilton are tearing down the straight between turns 10 and 11 coming up to the detection zone (which is basically ON turn 11). Button is in front of Hamilton coming up to turn 11 but he knows that Hamilton will have DRS and a long drag down the main straight pretty much guaranteeing a pass. What does he do? Answer – brake early let Hammy slide past into turn 11 (off line) and then pick up his tow through 12/13 and onto the main straight.

    Button will then have:

    a) a better line out of 11 and 12 – therefore better pick up through 12/13
    b) a VERY good close tow on Hamilton
    c) DRS for the straight

    Hamilton would basically be helpless he can’t move to break the tow (as we well know) so all he can do is watch all the way down the straight as Button storms past and into the distance. The only other option would be to let Button past again through 12/13 which just gets silly because everyone starts losing fist fulls of time it would be like a bleeding slow bike race!

  11. Pipo said on 14th April 2011, 14:25

    Why all this hypocrisy? They introduce DRS to make overtaking easy but they restrict its usage because they don’t want to make it too easy. They should leave drivers free to use it whenever they want. It’s not much different than the gas pedal: use it too much at the wrong place and you fly off track. And let’s stop this thing of handicapping the leading cars: it makes F1 looks like Playstation games, they boost your car to make you catch up with the leaders. Everybody should be able to use DRS, even the leading car.

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