Even longer DRS zone for Spanish Grand Prix

2011 Spanish Grand Prix

Nico H???lkenberg, Force India, Barcelona, 2011

The Spanish Grand Prix will have one of the longest zones for the Drag Reduction System seen so far.

The circuit’s official Twitter account said the zone where drivers can use DRS during the race will be 830m long. It is expected to be situated on the start/finish straight.

The FIA reduced the length of the DRS zone at the Chinese Grand Prix from 902m to 752m after concerns were raised that it would make overtaking too easy.

Concerns were also raised at the frequency of overtaking in the DRS zone during the Turkish Grand Prix, and the ease with which drivers could overtaking using their adjustable rear wings.

The Circuit de Catalunya has a reputation for being one of the most difficult F1 circuits to overtake on.

Update: The FIA have produced an image showing where DRS can be used during the race.

Drivers will be able to activate it as they cross the start/finish line, providing they are within one second of another car at the detection point between turns 15 and 16:

DRS zone for the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix

DRS zone for the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix

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123 comments on Even longer DRS zone for Spanish Grand Prix

  1. Doance (@doance) said on 12th May 2011, 10:18

    They should use FP1 to get the DRS right. If the car behind passes the car in front before the corner, then they should make it shorter so they are wheel-to-wheel by the corner.

  2. Damon said on 12th May 2011, 10:30

    The only way to solve it is let the drivers have a limited usage allowance per lap where they can choose to use it anywhere on the track. That way say if there is two straights like at barcelona the defending will not know when the attacker is using it

  3. Damon said on 12th May 2011, 10:45

    What about this idea lol? Teams have got two options, option 1.to have use of drs or option 2.allowed a new set of tyres for the grand prix. We would see some interesting choices. Who thinks this is a good idea? Lol

  4. antifia said on 12th May 2011, 16:03

    They should issue the drivers with ten banana skins to throw at the cars trying to overtake then. Mario Brother’s race isn’t it? Mickey Mouse Tilke circuits, boost button (KERS), another boost button (DRS), so why not let them throw things at each other? Perhaps they could catch golden rings by the side of the track too. Formula one used to be like fine wine, you had to learn how to appreciate it and the pleasure was on the subtleties. But the typical fan nowadays seems to prefer grape juice with loads of sugar so that’s what we get…sigh…

  5. F1_Dave said on 12th May 2011, 21:27

    i feel that all the silly gimmicks this year have all devalued overtaking.

    In the past, Sure we had less overtaking but when we did see an overtaking move it was exciting to watch.

    I can run off a real long list of overtaking moves from the past decade & I can remember them because they were special & because they were truly exciting to watch.

    This year I’ve not seen that, passing because of DRS isn’t exciting & passing because the car your racing against has tyres offering so little grip he can’t do anything to defend also isn’t exciting to watch.

    Its like Nascar now, Passing is expected & there’s so much of it that it doesn’t mean anything when you see a pass.

    Too much passing makes passing so common-place that its no longer exciting when you see a pass happen.

  6. zomtec said on 13th May 2011, 8:49

    I think with the Pirellis we would get overtaking on the main straight without DRS if they would leave out the chicane as the performance of the tyres would allow drivers on fresher tyres to take more speed out of the final corner.

  7. Damon said on 13th May 2011, 12:03

    Look at lastyear between button and Schumacher, there is no need for drs. Overtaking is a certainty using this blasted equipment!!

  8. vjanik said on 13th May 2011, 13:22

    Lately in F1 it is notoriously difficult to follow an F1 car once you get into the “dirty air”. You are immediately disadvantaged and even if you have better pace it is extremely hard to pass. In the last 10 years (despite the rule changes) the level of downforce went through the roof adding to the above problem.

    Think of DRS as a cheap way of countering this disadvantage that chasing cars have, by giving them an advantage. In other forms of motorsport where you can follow someone through the corners and slipstream on the straights, there is more overtaking. In Moto GP sometimes it is a disadvantage for you to be leading into the last corner if there is a long start/finish straight, because you will almost surely be passed.

    A better solution than the DRS would be to overhaul the “formula” and put more emphasis on mechanical grip rather than on aerodynamics. But this is very costly and takes time. Hopefuly the 2013 regs will address that. But in the meantime I would not be so negative about DRS as a temporary solution to a problem that F1 has had for years.

    As for the tyres. The problem is having just one tyre supplier. If there is no competitition, nobody is pushing Pirelli to improve the tyre. If we had 4 tyre suppliers we would see even more possibilities for race strategies. Tyre companies would constantly have to provide more grip AND durability at the same time (hard to do – compromise needed) We could see tyres designed especialy for qualifying etc.

    This is of course dream territory as there is a reason for stopping the tyre war and that is cost. Same goes for engine development freeze, banning testing etc. of course in a perfect world we would have all these things but in todays economic climate its impossible.

    So given that, i prefer what Pirelli have done to what Brdgestone was doing. A tyre that lasts the whole race andf a rule telling you you must use both compounds was worse that what we have now. teams made a pitstop only because there was a rule telling them to. Now the racing is more pure in my oppinion in terms of tyres. (given no tyre war)

    At the end of the day it all comes down to money.

  9. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 19th May 2011, 13:03

    They’ve put it after the chicane? After the thing that spaces the cars out and made overtaking nigh-on impossible in Spain? Really?

  10. Overtakes vs. no overtakes at all ? Well, I think the zone is too large, it would be very easy for a drivers with tires 5 laps old, close enough.

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