One DRS zone for Japan GP

By on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

There will be only one DRS overtaking zone at Suzuka this weekend, the FIA has confirmed.

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

Indeed, in the last ten years, three quarters of all the Japanese grands prix at Suzuka have been won from pole -- a higher instance even than at 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.

Actually, 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 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."

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