The FIA has not changed the DRS zones for the second race with Formula 1 cars designed under its new rules for 2022.
The championship returns this weekend to Jeddah’s corniche circuit for its second race on the Saudi track, three months after its first visit.
The FIA has confirmed that the same three DRS zones and detection points will be used around the 27-corner course as last year. The first starts at the exit of turn 19, the second is at the entry of turn 25 and the third starts 170 meters after the last corner.
This turn, turn 27, is the only one on the circuit to have been modified since last year. The exit from the corner, where Max Verstappen crashed at the end of qualifying last year, has been widened slightly. However, the official length of the circuit remains unchanged at 6.174 kilometers.
The race promoters made other changes to the circuit to improve the drivers’ sight lines, mainly by reconfiguring the barriers.
Last week F1 staged the first race of cars designed with rules intended to make overtaking easier. Drivers gave mixed opinions on whether DRS had become more or less powerful and whether it was still needed to facilitate overtaking.
“You can follow, let’s say, much closer than before, and the car is less affected by following another,” said Esteban Ocon in response to a question from RaceFans. “So this is definitely going in the right direction.
“It still affects you a bit, but it reduced the towing effect a lot, and the DRS was still strong, but I didn’t feel as big as in previous years.”
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