Single DRS zone at Silverstone

2011 British Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher, Adrian Sutil, Silverstone, 2010

Michael Schumacher, Adrian Sutil, Silverstone, 2010

F1 will revert to using a single DRS zone at this weekend’s British Grand Prix, having used two in the last two races.

The zone will cover the whole of the Wellington Straight, the new stretch used for the first time last year which leads into Brooklands (turn six).

The activation point will give drivers the option of using DRS through the flat-out kink leading onto the straight.

The detection point will be shortly before the zone begins, on the entry to Village (turn three).

Silverstone DRS zone

Silverstone DRS zone

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56 comments on Single DRS zone at Silverstone

  1. Torg said on 7th July 2011, 9:44

    I totaly forgot about the Wellington Straight being a candidate for DRS. Think im quite happy about it, Brooklands could be quite interesting to observe. Potentially some overtakes around the outside??? I like the way they havent been lame and set the activation point after the left kink but instead stuck it straight after the tight hairpin. Clever thinking!!

    No one has mentioned Luffied > Copse, was this never considered for DRS or would it be to dangerous with Woodcote corner??

  2. VXR said on 7th July 2011, 9:51

    I don’t think that’s going to work. Which for some, is a good thing.

  3. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 7th July 2011, 10:00

    Hey, why they changed start/finish straight? It will be hard to get used to this.

    • Torg said on 7th July 2011, 10:30

      hehe, old news!! Theres a whole new pit complex..looks mega.

      Got a feeling it could be one of the shortest runs to turn 1 ever!

  4. topdowntoedown (@topdowntoedown) said on 7th July 2011, 10:32

    I’m not sure this is where I’d have had the DRS zone… if Valencia proved anything it’s that there’s no point having the DRS on a straight following a tight corner, because cars with KERS will get on the juice sufficiently far ahead of the chasing car to defend easily. Unless of course the kink before the straight is open enough to allow people to get on the power all the way through… but I don’t think it is.

    That said: putting it on the old pit straight is impossible because it’s only de-activated by touching the brakes, and since Copse is now flat (or it was last year) it means cars would keep it open until Becketts. You could put it on the Hangar Straight but there’s always loads of overtaking down into Stowe anyway. So I guess they have to put it where they have done.

    Ironically the perfect place would have been out of Club and into old Abbey – the sharp left followed by the faster section under the Bridge would have produced switch-back overtakes like Turkey.

    • Torg said on 7th July 2011, 10:45

      Loads of overtaking into Stowe? Caterham racing perhaps :)

      All your other points i do tend to agree with though.

  5. Don M. said on 7th July 2011, 10:46

    DRS is getting in the way of the changes that are needed to fully solve the overtaking problem. Just this week Abu Dhabi confirmed they won’t be making any changes for this season and there aren’t any imminent changes to the regulations that will allow the cars to run closer together. F1 needs to be planning beyond DRS and working on the cars and circuits to improve the show. They shouldn’t be complacent just because we have witnessed some interesting races this year. Having a zone (or two) where assisted overtaking is possible is no substitute for proper racing.

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 8th July 2011, 7:20

    Certainly a more conservative approach than we had in Valencia, more typical of the first opening races.

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