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Double DRS zones on the way 21 May 2011

Webber uses DRS to snatch second from Alonso (L to R): Charlie Whiting (GBR) FIA Delegate with Patrick Head (GBR) Williams Director of Engineering.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Race Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 27 March 2011 McLaren MP4/26 rear wing detail.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 7 May 2011

The FIA’s Charlie Whiting has revealed to the media that from next month’s Canadian race onwards, Grands Prix may feature two DRS zones, opening up the prospect of even more overtaking. Current plans for Montreal are to allow drivers to use the moveable rear wing on the back straight and the main straight.

Races thus far this season have featured just one DRS zone, usually on the track’s longest straight, but with the detection/activation technology having been honed during 2011’s first four Grands Prix, Whiting feels the software is now ready to allow for two zones on suitable circuits, usually ones where there are long straights in close succession.

Canada is thus set to see one detection point just after the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve’s Turn 10 hairpin, followed by a first activation zone down the long back straight. Drivers will then have to close the wing for the final chicane, before being able to activate it for a second time on the start-finish straight.

The following European round at the Valencia Street Circuit in Spain is also due to have two zones, the first between Turns 10 and 12 and the second between 14 and 17.

This weekend’s Barcelona race will retain its one DRS zone, with the detection point just prior to the final corner and the activation point shortly after it. Next weekend’s Monaco round will also have one zone, on the start-finish straight.

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