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New F1 DRS zone will make Zandvoort banking a ‘white knuckle’ journey

In a bid to attempt to enhance overtaking at this weekend’s race, the FIA is to trial allowing drivers to use DRS through the last corner.

This could assist lengthen the DRS zone by round 300 metres and enhance the probabilities of passing going down into the opening Tarzan Bend.

Final yr, the FIA solely allowed DRS after the ultimate banked nook, as a result of it was unsure how secure it could be to permit automobiles to run with their rear wings open on the newly designed curve.

Nevertheless, with elevated confidence in regards to the nature of the circuit, plus the traits of the 2022 era of automobiles, DRS can be trialled by FP1, with the FIA then set to determine if it would stay in place for the remainder of the weekend.

Dutch GP sporting director Jan Lammers thinks that whereas drivers could have no drawback operating with their wing open by the principle a part of the banking, he thinks they might want to pay specific care because the elevation drops away on the exit.

Talking at a preview occasion for race title sponsor Heineken on Wednesday, Lammers informed Autosport that drivers weren’t going have a straightforward time – however he predicted extra overtaking.

“This yr the nook goes to have your consideration,” he mentioned. “Arriving together with your DRS open and with 20km/h plus additional velocity, it makes for lots of outbraking probabilities into Tarzan nook.”

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Talking about how the automobiles would behave by the banked nook, Lammers mentioned: “Whenever you come out of the banking it’s 18-degrees, so whenever you undergo the banking it’s comparatively simple.

“However whenever you come again to the straight and likewise go down the hill with a little bit of a bump, whereas final yr it was simply flat, it would now definitely have your consideration. I feel we’ll see a couple of extra white knuckles than earlier than.”

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Lammers mentioned he was assured that the Dutch GP would produce some first rate racing, primarily based on the proof of final yr’s race.

“Final yr, and I’m significantly speaking in regards to the assist occasions, there was lots of overtaking,” he mentioned. “And in F1, there was extra overtaking than individuals predicted – significantly on the primary lap, with [Fernando] Alonso and [Antonio] Giovinazzi on the grass and all that.

“So Flip three introduces lots of spectacle as a result of individuals go side-by-side on high of the hill on the run in direction of Flip 7. In order that creates lots of man and boy battles.

“I feel overtaking nowadays comes from lots of various factors: it comes from DRS, it comes from tyre offset. So for positive there may be going to be fairly a little bit of overtaking – however not within the methods we noticed within the 1970’s and 1980’s.”

McLaren’s Lando Norris reckons that the scope was there for some higher racing with the brand new DRS zone, allied to the enhance supplied by the banked corners.

“In fact with the DRS, the sooner we are able to have it the higher,” he mentioned.

“However the velocity you may carry [in the banked corners], and the velocity you may speed up round these corners, it’s much more than you suppose.

“On the primary few laps, you suppose that is the restrict, however then each lap you go faster and faster – so it’s lots of enjoyable.”




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