Japanese GP will have a single DRS zone

There will be a single DRS overtaking zone at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka this weekend according to the FIA.

The fabled Japanese circuit is a drivers’ favourite, but the sweeping curves are usually not conducive to overtaking.

Indeed, in the last ten years, a massive three quarters of all the Formula One races at Suzuka have been won from pole – a higher rate than Monaco.

“I believe the plan (for Suzuka) is to have two DRS zones which will be a big help,” Ferrari’s Felipe Massa said on Tuesday.

However the FIA has settled on just a single DRS, with the detection point just after the ultra-fast 130R and the zone itself located on the pit straight.

The Spanish website motor21.com quoted Pastor Maldonado’s engineer Xevi Pujolar as questioning the decision because “you have to be brave to run that close in 130R” for the detection point.

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg commented: “In the past, overtaking has been really difficult here, so it will be interesting to see how the new rules affect the racing.”

Source:GMM