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F1 | FIA’s ready to reduce DRS activation zones in 2023

The increased ground effect of new F1 cars, made the DRS impact more intense. As a consequence, FIA is willing to intervene and reduce activation zones on some tracks starting from 2023.

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F1 | FIA’s ready to reduce DRS activation zones in 2023
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The new generation of Formula One cars that made its appearance at the beginning of 2022 was aimed at making races more competitive and, in turn, adding more excitement and competitiveness to the championship.

Because of the enhanced ground effect these cars have, it emerged during the season that the DRS influence became much more powerful. This meant that drivers were almost guaranteed a pass at some tracks once they got within range.

The ease of some DRS-based overtakes was far from reaching the dreamed-upon competitiveness that the FIA was looking for; thus leading the managing body of the sport to assess data and potentially reduce some of the activation zones next season.

FIA’s technical director Nikolas Tombazis is convinced that a certain overtake granted to a driver with open DRS is just as detrimental for the spectacle as faster cars behind being unable to get past.

Asked by Motorsport.com if things were going to be changed for 2023, Tombazis said: “In some races, we may well need actually to reduce the DRS zones.

“We don’t want overtaking to be, as we say, inevitable or actually easy. It still has to be a fight.

“If it happens too quickly, if you just see a car approaching and then going by and disappearing, it's actually worse than being at the back and fighting. It needs the right balance to be found there.”

F1’s outgoing managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn said last month that he did not want the sport’s chiefs to be afraid to make DRS moves harder.

“The one thing we know is fans, and we know this because we don’t like it, they don’t like the ‘go down the straight, pop the DRS, overtake, drive fast, pull a gap’ all of that,” he told Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview.

“I think in an ideal world DRS is used just to get on the back of someone, so you can really have a decent attack.”

He added: “I think we shouldn’t be afraid to reduce the DRS in places like Monza, because it does seem a bit ‘you get on the back of them, press the button, overtake.’ It’s a bit ritualistic. Isn't it?

“And so we shouldn’t be afraid to reduce the use of DRS where it's clearly proving to be too powerful.”


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