This weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix will see the use of a single DRS zone around the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, the FIA has confirmed.
Last year’s rain-hit marathon – won by Jenson Button on the final lap of the race – featured the use of two designated DRS zones for the first time since its implementation. The zones ran along the penultimate Droit du Casino straight and the start/finish straight, with a single detection point positioned just after the Epingle hairpin.
The placement was widely condemned for making overtaking too easy during the race, with several drivers getting by in the first zone, and then using the advantage of a second ‘free pass’ to build a gap that the overtaken driver could do nothing about.
Thankfully, the FIA has seen the light and opted for a 500-metre DRS zone along the Droit du Casino straight only, 50 metres shorter than the zone implemented last year.
As always the use of DRS will be open at any point of the circuit in the practice and qualifying sessions declared ‘dry’ by track officials. Wet weather is forecast for both Friday and Saturday’s running, which could play a heavy impact on qualifying and race form.