Second DRS zone added on pit straight in Korea

2013 Korean Grand Prix

Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, Korea International Circuit, 2012The Korea International Circuit will have a second DRS zone this year on the pit straight, and the configuration of the original DRS zone has been changed.

Drivers will still be able to use DRS on the longest straight on the track but the length of the DRS zone has been shortened by 40 metres. The detection point for it has also been moved – having previously been on the entry to turn one it is now after turn two.

The new DRS zone on the pit straight has its detection point between turns 15 and 16. Drivers can then open their rear wings 95 metres after the high-speed turn 18.

Sergio Perez said teams will set their cars up to take maximum advantage of these overtaking opportunities: “The aim is also to have a car that works well in the principal overtaking areas ?ǣ into turns one and three ?ǣ which means making a little bit of a compromise to the set-up.”

“That?s particularly important because it?s very difficult to overtake once you get into the twisty section, as there?s really only a single racing line.”

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44 comments on Second DRS zone added on pit straight in Korea

  1. They could add DRS zones everywhere, it doesn’t work. Give ‘em push to pass or DRS free for everyone.

  2. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 2nd October 2013, 9:42

    More DRS zones… just what F1 needed…

  3. Rambler said on 2nd October 2013, 9:43

    That’s a lot of DRS…

  4. cbriddon (@cbriddon) said on 2nd October 2013, 9:46

    Why they keep adding DRS zones one after the other I don’t know. As if anyone is going to use the first one just to be overtaken immediately after!

    It really is time to drop DRS. It’s ruining races now that are already spoiled by Red Bull dominance and stupid tyres!

  5. kcarrey (@kcarrey) said on 2nd October 2013, 9:50

    Dear FIA, please ban DRS from 2014 onwards.

  6. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 2nd October 2013, 9:50

    It seems they’re only adding DRS zones to compensate for the DRS restrictions in qualifying.

    Not sure if it will produce better or worse racing. I cant remember if DRS was effective or not in last years race.

  7. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 2nd October 2013, 9:51

    Is this the first time that the detection point is on the DRS straight?

  8. TMF (@tmf42) said on 2nd October 2013, 10:10

    I would put DRS at the pit straight and after turn 3 – not sure why they keep having DRS on the long straights – especially when it creates back to back zones.

  9. bebilou (@bebilou) said on 2nd October 2013, 10:10

    DRS= Destroy Racing Spirit

  10. Julien (@jlracing) said on 2nd October 2013, 10:12

    I don’t understand why they put DRS on the longest straight of the circuit. Now it’ll be to easy to pass. Why don’t they put the second DRS zone on the small straight between turn 3 and turn 4, Then you’ll have 3 opportunities to pass, and none of them is too easy.

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 2nd October 2013, 10:27

      yep. the sad thing is that the postbox is open till the end of the straight . So if Vettel gets a DRS courtesy a backmarker , he will have a 2 second lead by the end of the straight :( .

      • Yappy said on 2nd October 2013, 11:52

        Granted the DRS zone will be good for Vettel in qualifying. But during the first 20 or so laps it will work better for Ferrari and the teams using Mercedes engines.

        • Nick (@nick-uk) said on 2nd October 2013, 17:56

          People always say this, but Renault always seem to be the race winning engine supplier even at places like Spa and Monza. Seems people still clutch at straws like this to imagine Red Bull won’t be able to just walk away with it.

  11. dodge5847 (@dodge5847) said on 2nd October 2013, 10:42

    surely no one will want to overtake on DRS 1 as the they would be overtaken again on DRS 2, kind of pointless apart from getting really close

  12. Libellula (@ladyf1fanatic) said on 2nd October 2013, 11:08

    I don’t know if I’ll be able to wake up to watch this race on Sunday. I mean, I’ve found Saturdays more interesting; qualifying have been far entertaining than the actual race lately… Also the demoralized fan inside me would enjoy a few hours sleep but the die-hard F1 fan wouldn’t comply LOL!
    Just craving for F1.

  13. Dizzy said on 2nd October 2013, 12:02

    DRS made passing too easy in many cases on this track in both 2011 & 2012 & given how DRS has been more effective this year anyway I don’t expect a shorter zone to change that.

    Besides the length of the DRS zones tends not to be what determines how effective or ineffective DRS is. DRS’s effectiveness is more down to outside factors like wing levels, wing speed, wing direction, how close the cars are, How many cars are lined up using DRS & differences between each teams DRS systems.

    The moving of the activation line to after turn 2 would have been a nice change though had they not added a 2nd DRS down the start straght as it doesn’t solve the problem we saw in the past where DRS down the long straght to turn 3 would undo overtakes done at turn 1.

    Just glad they didn’t add the 2nd zone to the straght after turn 3 as thats been where we have seen all of the real racing & all the proper excitement the past 2 years.

  14. Makana (@makana) said on 2nd October 2013, 12:03

    More DRS… sigh. Let’s see how RBR’s top speed looks like, it could be their Achilles heal now that they could be out-qualified by the Merc Duo – on race day, Seb can find himself stuck behind the Mercs and prone to attacks from the back, the only chance for the “We’re bored with the same Winner” crowd to rejoice, maybe then they will stop booing DRS :D

  15. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 2nd October 2013, 12:04

    Um, guys, is it just me, or was the pit exit really reconfigured for this year after a handful of incidents in the past few weekends here?

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