FIA confirms DRS zone details for Istanbul

2011 Turkish Grand Prix

Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Istanbul, 2010

Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Istanbul, 2010

The FIA has set the zone for the Drag Reduction System for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Drivers will be able to activate their systems in the race from shortly before turn 11. The systems will remain open until they reach the braking zone for turn 12.

Significantly, the FIA have again not given drivers the full length of the longest straight on the track to use the devices, in a bid to keep it from making overtaking too easy.

The DRS detection point will be in the braking zone for turn nine (click to enlarge):

DRS zone for the Turkish Grand Prix

DRS zone for the Turkish Grand Prix

As usual, drivers will have free use of the system in practice and qualifying.

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78 comments on FIA confirms DRS zone details for Istanbul

  1. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 3rd May 2011, 22:08

    Anyone know what the actual length of the activation zone will be? I’m curious to see how it compares to the first three races in distance.

  2. renzo said on 3rd May 2011, 22:22

    it would have been better to put the DRS activation after turn 11 even if in normal conditions is a full throttle corner.

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 3rd May 2011, 22:32

    Exactly where I thought it would be. Going to be a brilliant device at such high speed. We’ve not had that yet. DRS so far this season has been off relatively slow corners.

  4. It’s a bit of a joke that they put the DRS zone in the area where they will have an empty grandstand. You can’t buy tickets for the stand overlooking the prime overtaking spot. I really wanted to go, but that put me off. Still fancy going next year, but last week’s news has maybe stymied that – wish they’d warned us about the shaky future a bit earlier…

    On a separate note, the FIA need some imagination in placing the DRS zone, rather than just making what was already a good spot for overtaking far too easy, instead place it on the trickier pit straight, so that they can battle to and fro all the way from turn 10 to turn 1, like the Mclarens last year. Or hell, put a little DRS zone on both straights. I find it so patronising when they say that more than 1 zone will be too confusing for spectators. If the spectators care about the technicalities, they will quickly grasp such an apparently unfathomable rocket science, and for those who just want to see overtaking, they will carry on not caring (and enjoying the racing)… Where is this ‘confusion’ problem?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 4th May 2011, 7:09

      Cant you even get there with GA tickets? That would really be a shame.

      Or maybe a signal, they expect the DRS to work only for keeping the cars close for overtaking moves in the first sector of the lap.

  5. Mike said on 4th May 2011, 2:05

    Did they not see Vettel and Webber crash just there last year? If anything, this will promote the same thing happening again.

  6. Anthony said on 4th May 2011, 7:26

    The DRS zone in China was perfect, it wasn’t too short and it also meant the drivers had to actually finish the pass in the hairpin.

    • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 4th May 2011, 9:56

      It also challenged the teams on their gear ratios, we saw the Red Bulls struggling a bit at times, needing to get back into the slipstream (funnily enough against the Renaults, no problem with the engine there then!).

  7. Torg said on 4th May 2011, 9:49

    Eh?? This is the most obvious place to have the DRS and i wasnt expect it anywhere else, why would they select anywhere else? I also think its deceptive and not actaully that short. Im expecting to see quite a bit more overtaking into the last complex of corners. Thats still quite a bit of a run they have when the DRS gets activated.

    @ Mike, im sorry but thats a silly comment. The Webber Vettel incident could happen anywhere. Its the drivers that caused it not the straight. You might as well ban overtaking if you think like that.

  8. VXR said on 4th May 2011, 13:02

    Looking at the current weather forecast for Turkey, I would imagine that the DRS will be disabled for most of the weekend anyway!

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 4th May 2011, 17:22

    It’s all relative. All the drivers are subject to that.

  10. Erik said on 5th May 2011, 11:34

    Favoritism towards Vettel right here! With DRS last year he would have just flown by!

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