Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, Montreal, 2012

Shortened DRS zones for Canadian Grand Prix

2013 Canadian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, Montreal, 2012The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will revert to two DRS zones for this weekend’s race but they will be shorter than those used two years ago.

Two zones were used for the Canadian Grand Prix in 2011 but just one was available last year.

Two will be used again this year, as is practice at most other races on the calendar. However the total length of the DRS zones will be shorter than it was in 2011.

This year the first activation point will be 55 metres before the turn 12 kink compared to 168 metres two years ago. The second DRS zone will also be shortened by one metre.

The two zones will be triggered by a single activation point 110 metres after turn nine. It was previously located at turn ten.

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  1. this to me highlights a part of why i dislike the drs system, the fact they use it on every track & that its always placed on the longest straght.

    some tracks don’t need drs & why always place it on the longest straght where there was often a lot of good racing to begin with.

    drs was supposed to help make overtaking more possible in places where before it wasn’t. putting the drs zones in places where we already saw a lot of overtaking & using it on tracks where we already saw good racing without drs just means were going to end up with yet another drs-fest where passing is so easy it makes the race a complete farce.

    the poll done on here not long ago shows that majority of fans dislike drs now, if they keep using it like they do it will only continue to lose fan support.

  2. AdisF1-FAN
    5th June 2013, 0:52

    I have an idea!
    Why should the DRS be activated if the car behind is less then a second
    so I thought like this: keep the DRS and allow normal, old-school slipstreaming highspeed overtakes. How? Well, make DRS available to the car behind if he`s 1.0 to 2.0 seconds behind :)

    1. Thats one good idea! :)

  3. If it rains there won’t be any DRS anyway.

    Packing rain gear and expecting sunshine!

  4. Aside from the fact I hate DRS with whole my heart, I do think there is one positives: the DRS activation point now lies before the hairpin’s braking zone, which should stimulate overtaking into the hairpin. But I’m afraid the first DRS zone will be used to sail past the leading car, after which the overtaker can use the second zone to pull away.

  5. Yosi (@yoshif8tures)
    5th June 2013, 12:03

    If I had a buck for every time the commentators say; “That was a pretty straight forward pass.” Then I’d be very rich.
    We never used to think of passes as straight forward. There’s no longer any skill or finesse required. Just push a button and fly right past.
    If the Canadian Gp is boring this year, as it was last year, I won’t be at all surprised. (Unless it rains of course)

  6. I wonder if flipping the way DRS is used on its head would make it more useful or competitive. I’m thinking by placing the activation point far earlier, (eg Montreal – have the activation point mid corner/corner exit on the hairpin) allowing the driver to determine the earliest point at which they & the car can handle the reduced down-force without the rear of the car breaking away (allowing greater acceleration due to reduced down-force) & then having a DRS DE-activation point along the back straight (possibly where the current activation point is) to then negate all of the advantages DRS gave ready for both cars to compete for the next corner. I think the main problem is the overspeed which DRS allows, at times 10-15 kph, even if two cars are side by side & brake at the same point there is going to be only one winner; the car with the overspeed. I can’t say I’m completely against DRS, just it needs to be harnessed in the right way to find the balance of competitive overtaking & breezing past another car. It’s just something I’ve been thinking about for a little & thought I’d put it out there.

    1. I always thought there should be a deactivation poiint along the straight. DRS is supposed to help bring the car closer, not allow it to fly past.

      They need to either:
      -cut DRS zones in half?
      -create DRS de-activation point

      Put DRS in places where there is NO overtaking normally.

      I don’t understand why it’s so hard to understand or fix.
      I wish the FIA would tell us something.

  7. I’d have thought, if they really have to have two zones, then maybe two activation points, each for a DRS zone into turn 8 an another zone into turn 1.

    That DRS zone into the “Wall Of Champions” chicane, is just plain silly.

  8. There may be a misunderstanding here: ‘As in 2011 the two zones will be triggered by a single activation point at the exit of turn ten. It will be positioned 110 metres after the corner which is later than it was at Canada’s first Grand Prix with DRS.’
    According to the circuit map on the FIA website, the detection point is just after turn nine, long before the turn ten hairpin, not at the exit.

    1. They must have changed the map at some point, thanks for that, have updated the article.

  9. I’m puzzled why Vettel used DRS on his final lap after overtaking a Caterham on the hairpin. While he was enabled to use DRS going thru the DRS detection point, there was no car ahead of him when driving at the 2 DRS zones on his way to the checkered flag. Can somebody explain me if this is allowed by the rules ? In other words, I understand DRS is used for overtaking, not for gaining an unfair advantage when racing alone.

    1. He was behind it at the activation line which was at the exit of turn nine, so he was still able to use it in the two zones even though he had already passed the Caterham at turn ten.

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