The opening round of the new F1 season at Albert Park
next weekend is to feature two DRS zones to aid overtaking.
The Australian Grand Prix
was the first race to feature the system when it was introduced last year, with the DRS zone being placed on the long pit-straight.
During the race, drivers were able to make use of DRS if they were within a second of the car ahead – being able to receive a boost in speed to try and make a move for position.
Later in the season, a number of races introduced multiple DRS zones, with the Melbourne race now set to follow suit.
“The Albert Park
track features mostly stop start corners and changes of direction, so good traction and braking stability are needed,” Sauber's head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara said in the team's preview for the opening round of the year. “Since Albert Park
is not a permanent race track it changes its grip level considerably during the weekend. This is something to consider when setting up the car, as well as the fact that this circuit tends to be harder on the rear tyres than the tracks where we have been testing prior to the season. Track temperature will also be important, but can vary quite significantly depending on the weather.
“Historically overtaking has been difficult in Melbourne, but this time there will be two DRS zones.”
The FIA has yet to announce where the two DRS zones will be placed.