The FIA is set to change DRS zones at many circuits on the 2012 calendar

The FIA is set to announce some slight changes to the use of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) ahead of the 2012 season, although this is set to be more to do with the placement of the designated zones at each circuit, rather than fundamental changes to its use.

The overtaking aid was introduced at the start of the 2011 season in a bid to create more on-track action, with drivers allowed to activate the device (which opens the planes on the rear wing to boost straight-line speed) if they were within one second of a car ahead at a designated point on the circuit.

The concept has been met with mixed feedback. Some fans have applauded the initiative because it helped liven up some of the traditionally duller races on the calendar, while other critics have argued that it has taken away from the spectacle by making overtaking too easy.

Sources close to the sport’s governing body have suggested that the FIA will keep the same rules for the 2012 season, and it will instead concentrate on some of the overtaking zones.

Zones will be lengthened at circuits where overtaking didn’t substantially improve, and conversely they will be shortened at circuits where it was deemed that passing was too easy.

At other circuits – for example, Australia – the FIA will look to add a second DRS zone, while circuits like Canada and Valencia (which had two zones) will now feature a single DRS zone.

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