The DRS zone placed along the start/finish straight of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has been lengthened for the rest of this weekend’s Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The decision was made by the FIA in a bid to increase passing opportunities around the 4.6-kilometre circuit. The Mentmeló track has a notorious reputation for producing processional races, which has improved little since the introduction of the overtaking system in 2011.

As was the case in 2016, the circuit has two designated DRS zones – each with separate detection points – which run along the start/finish straight and the back straight between Turns 9 and 10.

Ahead of Saturday’s final practice session, the FIA confirmed that the DRS activation point for the main straight has been moved closer to the final corner.

Originally placed 157 metres after the final corner, the activation zone has now been moved 100 metres closer.

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