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. Chalky (@chalky) said on 2nd October 2013, 12:24

    I doubt it will make much difference if that Typoon arrives.
    Anyway, if it’s dry, this configuration simply wastes the first DRS as drivers will not want to pass into the hairpin, only to be re-passed under the 2nd DRS.
    Korea only needs a single DRS zone.
    We saw this happening all the time when they used a similar configuration in the past and it ruined the enjoyment in the race. I can’t see how moving the 2nd detection point round the corner will change this.

  2. Pandaslap (@pandaslap) said on 2nd October 2013, 14:15

    “The aim is also to have a car that works well in the principal overtaking areas – into turns one and three – 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.”

    Sergio, overtaking isn’t supposed to be easy – especially in the twisty sections. Giving yourselves massive DRS zones to make your job easier is a shallow response to the challenge of a circuit. It also spoils a great track, undermines real racing, and bores your fans.

  3. ElBasque (@elbasque) said on 2nd October 2013, 16:41

    DRS seems like some insidious godly test sent to measure my love for the sport. I’m still here but I’m losing faith.

  4. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 2nd October 2013, 19:31

    This is the first race for years that I can remember where I’m choosing not to watch it live. I’ve fallen out with people, missed family meals and found places to watch during holidays in order to see races live but this weekend, I’m just not interested.

    F1 2013 is just so pointless now. The teams have given up and have diverted their top men to the 2014 team leaving Vettel to cruise around taking it easy knowing that if he runs into any issues, he can go 2 seconds a lap faster than the rest.

    I’ll tune in for the last 10 laps and watch the exciting spectacle that is Hamilton, Rosberg and Raikkonen battling for 3rd. We might even get to see them push to pass a few cars near the end if there is a variation in strategy. Fingers crossed eh?

    Sad times…. :(

  5. john (@jdc123) said on 2nd October 2013, 20:16

    Isn’t the reason every track now has 2 DRS zones due to the FIA limiting its use in practise and qualifying, and if they didn’t add a second zone, teams wouldn’t see a point in carrying all the hydraulic arms/system as they’d be better off without it?

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