Two DRS zones per track necessary for 2013 – Lowe

2013 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Circuit of the Americas, 2012McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe says all F1 tracks will need two DRS zones next year to ensure it remains effective.

Currently drivers have free use of DRS in practice and qualifying to encourage teams to use sufficiently long gear ratios on their cars to gain enough of a benefit from DRS to make overtaking possible.

That will change on safety grounds next year, meaning drivers will only be allowed to use DRS in the designated zones at all times.

Speaking during a Vodefone McLaren Mercedes phone-in, Lowe said two DRS zones will be required to ensure teams still have an incentive to use longer ratios:

“We believe that, particularly if [FIA race director] Charlie [Whiting] arranges for two DRS zones at every circuit, which is what he’s committed to doing, that this will give enough incentive to ratio the car appropriately – pretty much as we do now, the same as if we had free use of DRS.

Of the 19 tracks raced on so far this year four featured two DRS zones: Melbourne, Monza, Buddh International Circuit and Yas Marina. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Valencia had two DRS zones last year but were reduced to one this year.

Lowe said DRS has been “a tremendous solution to the long-standing overtaking problem”.

“A lot of things have been tried over the years,” he added. “DRS at least has an authority to allow it”

“At some circuits it doesn’t. India I think was a good example of that – surprisingly, actually, because it’s got a good long straight there, it didn’t seem to allow overtaking.

“And then you get other circuits where arguably it’s too easy. It might be that we should look at that and try and trim the direction on those outlying circuits. But in general I think it works well.

“I don’t hear people talking about it being some sort of fix or artificial solution. I think it’s something that the driver has to play tactically and use with tremendous skill.

“We saw that on Sunday with Lewis and Sebastian. That was a fair fight, a very very close duel. Ultimately Lewis got past using DRS but it wasn’t easy and everybody admired the skill with which he did it. So I think generally it’s working very very well.”

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72 comments on “Two DRS zones per track necessary for 2013 – Lowe”

  1. @keithcollantine i wonder if there is the possibility to assign not only the race drs zone, but also any other long straights as ‘DRS available’ during practice any qualy. this way we dont need 2 drs zones in the race.

    example: in practice and qualy, the drivers can use drs on the wellington straight and the hangar straight, but in the race just the wellington will be used as a drs zone.

  2. The Dumb Racing System is what its name suggests.

  3. I think someone messed up whole DRS thing just before it got implemented.

    DRS should have been on a forced activation 200m before each corner, that would result in more unstable braking and cornering manoeuvres. Exactly what is needed to see who is a better :D

    1. Also iron brakes instead of carbon will fix up whole not enough overtake non-sense. It’s cheaper too!!!!

  4. DRS is definitely lacking in elegance. And besides that, it accentuates the more boring type of pass (on the straight) instead of the more spectacular ones. You almost want the opposite of DRS (add downforce when following).

    Aero effect following in turns is the real problem. In principle they should be able to just regulate the end goal, in the form of measuring the wake, instead of just car dimensions.

    That is difficult for scrutineering without a windtunnel. But perhaps it could be done: have a “control car” follow a competitor’s car at speed, and measure downforce effect at control car. Have some fudge factor for different environmental conditions, and whether a particular car is an outlier vs. other cars.

  5. So it seems I may not be watching F1 for much longer :(

    Im fed up of DRS, I hate the sort of boring/unexciting pass that DRS produces. I’ve put up with it for 2 years now & have yet to see it do anything to make a race more exciting.
    Its an artificial gimmick that produces artificial, boring, unexciting & soul-less passing & thats not the sort of passing I enjoy watching.

    I’d go as far as saying that overtaking in F1 has been badly devalued due to DRS these past 2 years because everyone is now looking at quantity rather than quality & as long as this keeps going the quality of passing is just going to get more & more boring which will devalue it even more!

    Something I find intresting is that back in 2009 when Raikkonen used KERS to pass Fisichella for the lead at Spa, Fan reaction was extremely negative to how easy KERS had made the pass. However suddenly the same sort of boring/easy pass DRS-assisted is hailed as brilliant by some of the same people today?

  6. Couldn’t they have the DRS shut down when one car is alongside the other? That then allows them to catch and fight in the braking zone without this ridiculous driving straight past mallarky…

  7. Not surprising that Paddy Lowe would want more DRS since DRS was apparently his creation.

    I’d much rather see less DRS rather than more as I really don’t like what its done to the racing, Far too artificial & very gimmickey for my liking.

  8. they may as well make a rule saying that the car ahead must move over & let the one behind past when it gets within 1 second as that more or less all drs does.

    hate it to the point where i won’t be attending next years canadian gp (having been there every year there’s been an f1 race since 1989) based off my experiences there with drs the past 2 years.

  9. Joey Zyla (@)
    7th December 2012, 7:55

    Get rid of DRS. Entirely. There was never an ‘overtaking problem’. It’s all in some people’s minds. DRS makes overtaking way too easy. It might be okay if the car in front could use DRS to defend.

  10. if there are two DRS-zones, do we see two detection zones too?
    btw, I´m a fan of the DRS-zones, they should be as long as possible

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