FIA aiming for DRS early on in banked final corner at Zandvoort

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The FIA will trial the use of DRS through the final banked curve at Zandvoort during Formula 1 first practice for the Dutch Grand Prix.

In 2021, then race director Michael Masi deemed the use of the overtaking aid as not safe enough through the Arie Luyendyk corner onto the pit-straight due to the banking.

As the run to Turn 1 is the prime overtaking spot at Zandvoort, in a bid to foster closer racing, a trial will take place during the first 60-minute practice session, according to the FIA’s single-seater Technical Director, Nikolas Tombazis.

“The current position is that we are going to have the DRS ahead of the final corner, so early on, to improve the racing in Zandvoort a bit,” he explained to Viaplay.

“But we are keeping an open mind and we will be asking teams for their feedback. We have asked them already, in simulations, but also after FP1 we will asking teams for their feedback.

“If we feel that there is any, even a remote risk for any safety, then clearly we would have to take action and change it after FP1.”

Should the use of the system be deemed safe, drivers will be able to use it earlier on in the corner throughout qualifying and the race on Sunday.



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