Two DRS zones for the first time at Interlagos

2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen, Michael Schumacher, Interlagos, 2012Two DRS zones will be set up on the Interlagos circuit for this weekend’s race, the first time multiple zones have been used at the track.

To the existing zone on the Reta Oposta straight an additional DRS activation point on the pit straight will be added. Drivers will be able to activate DRS 60 metres before the turn 15 kink which marks the end of the lap.

The previous DRS zone on the straight leading to Descida do Lago will be shortened by 153 metres. Drivers will not only be able to use DRS after they have exited turn three.

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40 comments on Two DRS zones for the first time at Interlagos

  1. Armchair Expert (@armchairexpert) said on 21st November 2013, 15:50

    Great news! Main straight badly needed DRS, because there was no overtaking on this particular part of track. It’s not like Alonso overtook in one go Webber and Massa last year, Hamilton fought great and long battle with Hulkenberg in 2010 or hundreds of other examples over the years. I can’t wait for the excitement of DRS drive-bys, watching cars breezing past competitors without any effort in the middle of straight is the best thing EVER.

    PS. On a absolutely serious note: It’s just sad to see what Formula 1 transformed into just in a few last years.

    • jh1806 (@jh1806) said on 21st November 2013, 16:02

      The first zone is ridiculous isn’t it? It’s one of the few sure-fire overtaking zones on the calendar. If you must have DRS then zone #2 is ok I guess…but I don’t think Interlagos needs it.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 21st November 2013, 21:54

      Always looking on the bright side, rear wing slot open and turbulent air on the front wing might make turn 15 interesting, although it will be a gift to Vettel (or Webber in the unlikely event he is leading).

  2. Best thing about wet races: no DRS.

  3. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 21st November 2013, 16:03

    I think I’m probably going to regret asking this, but why are there two copies of the circuit map shown in this article?
    They look the same to me, and I can’t spot any reference to their being anything to compare in the text. What have I missed?

  4. With that DRS they will ruin the overtakes in the S of Senna.

    • spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 21st November 2013, 18:22

      @omarr-pepper it will ruin the game as it’s the only thing this crap is able to do, but not necessarily more than previous year as the DRS following the Senna S was already there.
      I guess the cars with the best performance in sector 3 will be advantaged. Was it the case last year?

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 21st November 2013, 19:35

      I am surprised that no one has mentioned it so far , but my biggest worry is that the guy behind will zoom ahead so much that he will have a lead of maybe even 1.2 to 2 seconds by the end of the sector which will be catastrophic .
      Here’s hoping there’s rain to stop the pain .

  5. Krichelle (@krichelle) said on 21st November 2013, 16:13

    You have to be absolutely kidding me for this one. Last year, Alonso and Hulkenberg picked up a tow from the last corner down to turn 1, wherein Alonso made 2 overtaking moves, and Hulkenberg crashed Lewis Hamilton. In the pass we saw that even though with out DRS, overtaking can still be done here. Schumacher in 2006 proved that a lot.
    We’ve said that this season is being destroyed by: DRS and Tyres.
    If it doesn’t rain on Sunday, where DRS wouldn’t be deployed, this is going to be a piece of cake for cars overtaking others. Just pickup a good exit from the last corner, and get a slipstream on the car in front will do onto turn 1.

  6. Guys, if the weather reports are anything to go by DRS will be deactivated for the majority of the race, so I’m not too fussed!

  7. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 21st November 2013, 17:03

    Where the the FIA office, I feel the need to bang their heads together. Do they share a brain cell?

  8. MJ (@mjf1) said on 21st November 2013, 17:28

    I used to think DRS was a good idea but now they are putting insanely ridiculous DRS zones and ruining good racing. The current zones and rules for implementation of the DRS needs to be seriously rethought.

  9. Aditya (@adityafakhri) said on 21st November 2013, 17:37

    starting to be fed up at this. DRS DRS DRS, the hell with that. just let all the drivers open their wing everywhere or everytime, else not at all!

  10. Andrea (@) said on 21st November 2013, 17:42

    Again (the same thing happened for CotA), the F1 2013 game from Codemaster already had two DRS zones for Interlagos… and the game came out months ago.

  11. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 21st November 2013, 17:47

    There’s definitely no need for DRS on the S/F straight, but let’s look at the bright side: at least it’s not as long as it could be… it could start from somewhere between T13 and 14.

  12. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 21st November 2013, 17:50

    Are they kidding? That’s ridiculous, DRS is creating the most insane artificial overtaking and now they create a DRS-zone at a place you can actually overtake naturally?????

    Well that’s FIAL instead of FAIL then…….

  13. Imre (@f1mre) said on 21st November 2013, 17:59

    I think DRS should be allowed in the FIRST 150-300 meters of a straight.(not just here, everywhere) Would worth a try.

  14. Is it next year they will relocate the start finish straight ..?

  15. Brazil is the one circuit that definitely does not need a DRS zone

  16. Broc Smith (@strifeforce) said on 21st November 2013, 19:50

    I think we’ve about approached the point where the FIA’s rule on DRS is “ZOMG DRS EVERYWHERE!!!!”

    How about doing us all a solid and bring back the 2007 spec car with a better, higher revving turbo V6. This is what the people want.

  17. I have a question about this DRS thing. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the whole reason we have 2 DRS zones this year, to encourage the teams to use different gearing ratios etc.? Well, seeing as gear ratios are going to be fixed next year for the whole season, doesn’t it mean that incentive for the teams is gone, so we could possibly go back to one (or none at all) DRS zones?

  18. Jack P said on 7th November 2014, 10:48

    There were 2 DRS zones last year. Both in those exact places

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