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Three DRS zones for Melbourne

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21/03/2018

In a desire to further (artificially) spice up the action, the season opener in Melbourne will feature no less than three DRS zones.

Since the introduction of DRS in 2011, though it has resulted in more overtaking, many fans regard it is artificial, especially when the driver who has been overtaken will often re-take the position a lap later at the same part of the track using DRS in the same fashion as the driver who previously passed him.

With overtaking - even with the 'benefit' of DRS - down 50% in 2017 compared to 2016 - the sport's powers that be, rather than revising the aero regulations are clearly hoping that more reliance on the system will see a few more moves.

While most circuits have two DRS zones and some only one, Melbourne will feature three.

In addition to the first zone, whose activation point is before Turn 1, and the second before Turn 3, a new zone will be situated at the exit of the fast T12 with the aim of allowing drivers to carry the momentum on the run to the right-hander at T13.

While the first two zones still share a single detection point located before T14, the new zone has its own detection point before T11.

Check out our Build Up gallery from Melbourne, here.

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1. Posted by Stitch431, 21/03/2018 10:46

"An extra DRS zone does not help With these cars (and amount of drag) one should allow drivers to use DRS when within 1,5 sec of its predecessor. That is what helps or implement the use of ground effect and drastically reduce the use of aerodynamics on the car. Then you do not even need DRS."

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2. Posted by FormerF1Fan, 21/03/2018 9:54

"When watching F1 these days, it's not easy to keep in mind penalties, tyre choice, pit stops pending, etc. etc. bla bla bla. My simplified mindset prefers that the fastest car on the road is quite clearly seen to catch up, pass, get into the lead and eventually win. All before our very eyes. But none of the current regulations actually gives us anything at all to stimulate the adrenalin, unless you are a maths and memory freak. So we are reduced to shots of tail-ender also-rans to provide the (sic) action. This is why I've modernly often called this Formula None. Why don't they just draw lots for gid position? 50% of the time there will be individually faster cars behind slower cars, and 50% of the time a top half of the grid car will be in the bottom half of the grid. Then they can simultaneously ditch all this fancy technological scat and coincidentally give us back our engine noise. Get rid of qualifying. It's really very easy."

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3. Posted by imejl99, 21/03/2018 9:46

"Maybe F1 could consider "free to use DRS" at driver discretion? Not just in designated DRS zones, but all over the track? 30 seconds per lap for example? One experimental race? We could witness some spectacular braking point misses, heat-of-the-battle DRS overuse, off track excursions, tyres damaged by hard braking resulting in pit stop strategies changed... "

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