Suzuka DRS zone shortened

2012 Japanese Grand Prix

The DRS zone for the Japanese Grand Prix has been shortened and the activation point moved.

The FIA has moved the DRS zone to the control line, 20m later than it was for last year’s race.

The activation point, which used to be close to the exit of 130R (turn 15) has now been moved closer to the entrance of the following chicane.

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14 comments on Suzuka DRS zone shortened

  1. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 4th October 2012, 20:05

    The DRS wasn’t too bad last year from memory, but it’s good to see they’re taking the emphasis off it, albeit only slightly.

  2. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 4th October 2012, 20:47

    Interesting that the detection is so close to the chicane. Perhaps someone could try an overtaking move into the chicane but still be behind at the detection point, and then get to pull away with the DRS on the S/F straight.

  3. JJLehtOo said on 4th October 2012, 22:14

    “Is it possible for the detection and activation point to be at the same location?”

    I think this should be the case here, so that the driver has to use more skill in applying DRS on the exit of a corner and it’s not a simple push to pass

    • Michael Brown (@) said on 4th October 2012, 22:38

      I was always wondering that, because we see drivers cross the detection point within a second, but then overtake the lead car before the activation, and then pull away. That shows a flaw that would be fixed by putting the detection and activation points very close or even in the same spot.

      • Exactly!

        I wish the FIA could read these comments and see the common sense behind them and realise that with better DRS activation points, DRS would be incredibly beneficial to the racing and wouldn’t be seen as “artificial”

  4. TED BELL said on 5th October 2012, 2:36

    How about no DRS in at least one event in 2013….lets see if it makes any difference.

  5. Tlux said on 5th October 2012, 3:08

    This is an area where the FIA should be more transparent. Not saying that they are hiding anything or being deceitful. I think they should come out and explain why they are changing it. Just a simple paragraph or two “Last year we found drivers were completing the overtake at x meters before T1. Our simulation predicts that overtaking will be made easier/harder this year which will increase the race experience bla bla bla”.

  6. Or how about, DRS is only shut off once the driver wants it off for more downforce. So for example if one was within a second of the driver ahead you could drive the whole lap using DRS..

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