Spa DRS zone to be shortened for race

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In the round-up: The DRS zone at Spa-Francorchamps will be shortened by 50 metres.

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Head of engines and electronics Luca Marmorini: “We are always trying to reduce the inevitable performance drop that can affect engines as they are used, because some engines having to complete two or three races, therefore it?s important to try and maintain the same performance level throughout. If you consider that an engine can lose five horsepower per race, then by the third race it can have lost a total of 15 horsepower, which is a significant figure.”

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Martin Whitmarsh: “People will and have taken pot shots at us to say, ‘you are distracted because of the vision of Ron [Dennis] for MTC [the McLaren Technology Centre] and other businesses’, but I think people would now say that industrially and economically we are stronger by being more diverse.”

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011Belgian Grand Prix View (Caterham)

“We have not scored our first point yet, and we have much more work to do to chip away at that gap to the pack ahead, which is now less than one second, but it is fair to say we are disappointed with where we are, as I am sure many people who follow us are.”

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@Melkurion sees greatness in Fernando Alonso’s title bid:

I am seriously not an Alonso fan, but I have to respect his driving, and if he does win the title this year, with a clearly inferior car, it will go down in the books as one of the greatest achievements.

Best comparison I can think of is Alain Prost in 1986 when [Nigel] Mansell and [Nelson] Piquet in the Williams were clearly faster, but he still took the title. And that was only against two better cars, Alonso will have beaten three superior teams if he pulls it off.
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On this day in F1

It all came together for Keke Rosberg in the Swiss Grand Prix, held at Dijon in France, 30 years ago today.

He scored his first Grand Prix victory and with it took the lead of the world championship.

Rosberg passed Alain Prost – leading for Renault on home ground – with two laps to go. Niki Lauda claimed third for McLaren.

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59 comments on Spa DRS zone to be shortened for race

  1. Roger_E said on 29th August 2012, 20:07

    The Pro-DRS people say that F1 only introduced DRS because they were listning to the fans. However the truth is that if they were really listning to the fans they never would have implemented DRS the way they did as when they initially proposed DRS the fan reaction was highly negative as the article Keith posted in a prior comment shows-
    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2010/06/24/f1-fans-reject-fotas-mario-kart-wings/

    Everything I have seen regarding DRS shows that while opinion on DRS is split reletively evenly, the vast majority of fans hate the way the system has been implemented.

    If F1 was actually listning to the fans then the way DRS is been used would have been changed, In fact if they really were listning it never would have been introduced in the first place.

    I believe that there is enough fan feedback (And enough of it negative) regarding DRS to seriously look at its use beyond this season.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 29th August 2012, 23:32

      The reality is that the FIA just like Bernie are in the empire building business and the most important person for them is not a fan, the most important person for them is a POTENTIAL fan, Joe/Jane Public the casual viewer with the short attention span, so the FIA are concentrating on the “sizzle” not the “steak”. The FIA know that fans may grumble but will continue to tune in hoping things will improve but the casual viewers come and go, and once they go they are gone for a long time.
      Another reason why Martin Whitmarsh stating that “Bums on seats are not important anymore” was farcically unbelievable.

      • Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 30th August 2012, 8:28

        Completely agree.
        The die-hard fn will watch no matter what.
        It’s the next billion viewers who may watch if it looks exciting that are the true target. It’s the broad masses that will bring the mega-bucks from sponsors and advertisers that are really important.

    • TED BELL said on 30th August 2012, 2:13

      Make the entire Spa track a DRS zone and see if it makes any difference….

  2. Dave (@dworsley) said on 30th August 2012, 8:40

    Re COTD: Why do so many people ostensibly feel compelled to state that they are not fans of something/someone before proceeding to compliment them? What’s wrong with being a fan of someone, and at the same time, complimenting them? I am a fan of Alonso, and I am also a fan of his driving. He is the absolute best in the field right now; he is the complete package. If he does win the title this year he has thoroughly earned it with his performances as a driver since his last title in 2006.

    And if he isn’t going to win it, CARRN WEBBER.

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