The FIA has confirmed that this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang will have the same DRS zone as last year’s race.
The FIA had confirmed before the season started that it would be amending the placement and number of DRS zones as it saw fit for each of this year’s twenty championship rounds – some events last year attracted criticism for making overtaking too easy, while other venues’ zones seemed to make little difference to the overtaking rate.
For Sepang, the single zone will have its detection point at the approach to the final corner, with the activation point being placed at the exit of that corner, running for the entire length of the start/finish straight.
The placement of the DRS zone for last year’s race had attracted some criticism, with several drivers using very tactically. Some drivers would avoid attempting an overtaking move into the final corner – knowing that it would make them vulnerable to a counter-attack – and they instead opted to use the added boost of DRS to make their passing move on the front straight.
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