DRS zone extended for Korean Grand Prix

2012 Korean Grand Prix

The DRS zone for the Korean Grand Prix has been increased in length.

During the race drivers will be able to activate DRS 320 metres after turn two on the 1,050m straight which leads to turn three.

The detection point has also been moved slightly and is now 90m before turn one.

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25 comments on DRS zone extended for Korean Grand Prix

  1. Victor. (@victor) said on 10th October 2012, 15:15

    ‘The activation point has also been moved slightly and is now 90m before turn one.’

    Detection point?

    To be fair I don’t really remember last year’s race and whether the DRS was good or not.

  2. Novotny (@novotny) said on 10th October 2012, 15:15

    Surely we’re going to see cars getting a tow down the main straight, taking the car in front on the first corner and then gallivanting away with DRS on the next straight?

  3. Eggry (@eggry) said on 10th October 2012, 15:22

    As far as I concern, last year Korea had worst rate of overtaking even with one of longest straight of the calendar. So shortened DRS zone has been trend of this year, it’s not strange to see Korea is extended.

    Also detection point is bettered considering last year Hamilton-Webber case. That helped Hamilton defending 2nd place but surely not good for actions.

  4. Mads (@mads) said on 10th October 2012, 15:33

    So they stop the defending car from reovertaking with the DRS like we saw last year. Fine.
    But now the overtaking car will overtake into T1 and then have the DRS to pull away. Effectively killing any chance of a repass from the defending driver into T3.
    Good job FIA. Remove one problem. To introduce another, equally troublesome one.
    Sadly removing the DRS alltogether doesn’t seem like an option at this point, but the second best solution, I think, would be to place the detection point between T15 and T16, and have the DRS activation a bit after T18. That way the overtaking car will have the DRS assist down the main straight to overtake into T1. Even though overtakes into T1 will therefore be pretty easy, it will still leave the defending driver with a fair shot at repassing down the next straight, into T3.

  5. naz3012 (@naz3012) said on 10th October 2012, 15:54

    disgraceful placement of DRS. the idea that a track is designed with designated overtaking points and then putting the DRS activation on the most blindingly obvious one, really baffles me.
    It would create much better racing if the activation was on the start/finish straight, effectively allowing the defending driver to get back in the tow and fight up to turn 3, rather than the attacking driver just waiting till after turn 1 to fly by unchallenged.

  6. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 10th October 2012, 16:02

    I would have 2 DRS zones for this race personally, on both of the pit straights

  7. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 10th October 2012, 16:36

    Why isn’t DRS on the straight between T3 and 4?

  8. Why, why, why, WHY, WHY!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 10th October 2012, 18:39

    I really wonder how the people in FIA are thinking about the DRS zones.
    In japan where the straight is significantly shorter the reduced this year’s zone making it almost useless and here making the opposed choice where last year with the shorter zone it was already too easy – artificial.
    The previous mentioned comment about hamilton VS webber confirms it clearly.

  10. Dizzy said on 10th October 2012, 19:03

    i see thay have made the drs zone longer for korea this year.

    considering the drs zone last year already made passing too easy i can’t see any reason for them to have made it longer?

  11. Lee_GH said on 10th October 2012, 21:40

    Went back & watched last years race & DRS was very effective in most cases, There was a lot of easy passing but also a lot of good racing into the braking zone.

    I fear that extending the DRS zone will make passing far too easy & eliminate the good racing into the braking zone that was seen last year.

  12. Broom (@brum55) said on 10th October 2012, 21:58

    Not surprised they made the DRS zone longer. Last years race was one of the worst of the season

  13. Michael Brown (@) said on 10th October 2012, 22:09

    Why can’t they combine the activation and detection points – or at least put them very close to each other – so we don’t have any of the car getting DRS, and then getting ahead before the activation point?

  14. sato113 (@sato113) said on 10th October 2012, 23:17

    DRS zone should be the length of the start/finish straight. could also set up overtaking for the following long straight.

  15. Kimi4WDC said on 11th October 2012, 3:01

    I dislike cars bouncing on a limiter very much. For me personally this is way more artificial than any DRS system and ruins the feel of that abundant power Formula 1 cars posses.

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