One DRS zone instead of two at Canadian Grand Prix

2012 Canadian Grand Prix

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Montreal, 2011The double DRS zone used in last year’s Canadian Grand Prix will be replaced with a single DRS zone for this year’s race.

Ahead of this year’s race Lewis Hamilton said: “With KERS hybrid and DRS in the mix, it should be an exciting grand prix ?ǣ although, interestingly, we?re reverting to a shorter, single DRS zone after the double zone last year.”

Last year’s DRS zones for the race were situated on the start/finish straight and the straight leading towards the final chicane.

They shared a single activation point at the exit of the hairpin. In the race some drivers were able to complete a pass in the first DRS zone, then pull further ahead of their pursuer in the second zone.

Twin DRS zones were used in the Australian Grand Prix this year, where one had been used the year before.

Hamilton expects McLaren to be competitive at next week’s race: “The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a fantastic track ?ǣ it?s super-fast in places, which means it requires finesse and precision, but you can also end up racing wheel-to-wheel with people at 200mph too, which is an incredible sensation.

“However, you still want a car with decent low-speed traction ?ǣ all those long drags are usually preceded by tight hairpins, so it?s important that you can get the power down efficiently if you?re to pull a good lap time together.”

He added: “On paper, I think our car will be well-suited to the combination: we showed in Spain that we?re very good in high-speed corners, but we were also quick in the final sector, which is slower and more technical.

“Of course, it?s still difficult to accurately predict the outcome, so I?ll be focusing on another clean weekend where I can score more consistent world championship points.”

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67 comments on One DRS zone instead of two at Canadian Grand Prix

  1. duncanmonza (@duncanmonza) said on 2nd June 2012, 5:14

    Hopefully it’s on the start/finish strait so they can overtake without it on the long strait.

  2. Dale2012 said on 2nd June 2012, 18:47

    All I will say about DRS is that every single poll thats been done on DRS shows that a huge majority of Formula 1 fans dislike the way DRS is been implemented.

    Fan opinion on DRS itself is split about 50/50, However as I say every poll I have seen showed that the majority don’t like the whole system of detection points, 1 second gaps & activation zones with only a following car been allowed to use it.

    DRS either needs to be dropped completely or the way its used needs to be changed.

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 2nd June 2012, 21:06

    Good idea. It’s good to see that they’re still experimenting with the idea and that it is open to change. It goes some way towards showing that F1 is listening to the fans.

    • Dale2012 said on 2nd June 2012, 21:21

      If F1 was listning to the fans then the entire DRS concept would have been changed a year ago.

  4. Eodej said on 4th June 2012, 16:49

    Do we know if the zone will be on the main straight only, not the start finish straight?

  5. David-A (@david-a) said on 6th June 2012, 21:50

    @mattynotwo

    Alonso and Vettel attacked DRS, but that has nothing to do with teammates. Your off topic attack on them for being favoured is what I was calling out in the first place.

    If drivers do not like DRS because it affects the ease with which overtaking and defending happens, then yes they are being resistant to it. And I agree with them, as they are in a better position to judge the quality of the racing.

    If you didn’t say that overtaking wasn’t a skill, then why say “That’s just a gimmick” when I told you it was?

    I did not once say that I found 2011 more exciting than other seasons. FYI, Vettel won because he was the best driver in 2011. His teammate didn’t challenge him because he wasn’t fast enough. The “Rate the race” results on this site were pretty good last year if I recall, so the individual races were enjoyable for a lot of people.

    “Dirty air” is the air that passes over a cars aerodynamics and affects the car following it. It’s pretty ignorant to be discussing DRS and not even know about one of the reasons it was introduced in the first place. DRS doesn’t allow cars to follow each other closely in corners, but instead gives an insane slipstream on straights, where passing was never a problem. Here’s some reading material:

    http://www.formula1.com/inside_f1/understanding_the_sport/5281.html
    http://www.formula1.com/inside_f1/understanding_the_sport/5293.html

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