Monza will have two DRS zones, but is there even a point in there being any at all?

The FIA is set to announce that there will be two DRS zones for the upcoming Italian Grand Prix at the historic Autodromo Nazionalie di Monza.

The decision to commit to multiple zones on a circuit where overtaking has never really posed a problem is certainly a surprise.

Dual DRS zones have also been used at the Canadian and European Grands Prix with mixed success, but the complexity of the DRS system meant that each venue had just one detection point during the lap.

Monza’s zones will have their own detection zones. The first will be between the two Lesmo right-handers that precede the DRS zone along the Serraglio straight, while the second will be at the Parabolica before the start/finish straight DRS zone.

The announcement may mean we will see more teams opt for (unusually, for Monza) higher-downforce set-ups to give them a greater effect when opening the rear wing flap, but also providing enough downforce to give them extra cornering speed.

Fans may recall that last year’s Grand Prix saw Jenson Button opt for an unusually high-downforce set-up on his McLaren, which gave him fantastic cornering speed, but which left him vulnerable to the more conventionally set-up cars on the circuit’s high-speed straights, where top speeds can reach some 360km/h.

[Image via The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.