The FIA has given the green light to two DRS zones on the one circuit, with the sport’s governing body decreeing that the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve at Montreal will be the first venue on the 2011 calendar to run this. The FIA has also confirmed that there will be two DRS zones at the following round in Valencia.
At Montreal, drivers will be able to deploy their adjustable rear wings on the long straight between the Epingle Hairpin and the right-left chicane leading onto the start/finish straight, and again between the final chicane and Turn 1. There will be a single detection point at the Hairpin itself.
Meanwhile, at Valencia – where overtaking has been nigh on impossible – the DRS zones will be on the long fast section between Turns 10 and 12 (the point where Mark Webber had his huge collision with Heikki Kovalainen at last year’s race), while the second will be between Turns 14 and 17.
Whiting confirmed that enhances to the software controlling the deployment of the DRS had been made, which was not allowing for multiple deployments at the same circuit for the first time.
When announcing these DRS zones, the FIA’s technical delegate Charlie Whiting also took the opportunity to defend the FIA’s decision to arrange a DRS zone at the Monaco Grand Prix, in spite of concerns from “a majority” (to use his words) of drivers that its use would be unsafe.
“There is no evidence to support the theory that it is unsafe,” he explained.
“Obviously, we are not waiting for an accident to happen, but there is simply no evidence to support the theory that it is going to be dangerous.
“So as it has been introduced as an overtaking aid, it would be somewhat perverse not to allow it in the place where you need overtaking the most. There is no reason not to use it in Monaco as far as we can see,” he concluded.
Monaco’s DRS zone will be on the start/finish straight.
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