The DRS zone on the longest straight at the Baku City Circuit has been shortened for this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Drivers were previously able to activate DRS 347 metres after turn 20, the final corner on the track. For this year’s event the activation point has been moved 100 metres closer to the start-finish line, reducing the total distance where DRS can be used.
The track’s other DRS zone, which begins at the exit of turn two, is unchanged, as are the detection points for the zones
Before the season began, the FIA announced it would adjust the DRS zones used at the first five venues on the calendar. Not all these changes have been done to reduce the availability of DRS, which some expected might take place in the second year after F1 revised its technical regulations to aid overtaking.
Another DRS zone was shortened at the Bahrain International Circuit. But in Melbourne an extra DRS zone was used in the race for the first time, and in Jeddah an activation zone was repositioned.
A further change to the DRS rules will be tested for the first time this weekend. While drivers may only use DRS two laps after the start or a Safety Car period in the grand prix, activation will be permitted one lap earlier in Saturday’s sprint race.
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