The FIA has announced that it will slightly shorten the length of the single DRS zone in place for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. The decision comes in the wake of some criticism that overtaking was made too easy on the classic figure-of-eight circuit at last year’s Grand Prix, which was won by Jenson Button.
Having generally enjoyed a reputation for being a tough to pass on, the 2011 Grand Prix so no less than 59 overtaking moves over the course of the 53-lap race.
This year, the FIA has opted to shorten the DRS zone by 20 metres and change the location of the DRS detection point, which has now been relocated to a position fifty metres before the Casio Triangle chicane. Last year, the detection point was place seventy metres beyond the exit of the 130R corner, with the activation point being position thirty metres after Turn 18.
This year, the activation point has been displaced by a further twenty metres towards the start/finish line.
The FIA has also announced that former Grand Prix driver Derek Warwick will serve as the drivers’ representative on the FIA Stewards’ panel at Suzuka.