Formula 1 has changed the configuration of the single DRS zone at Imola for the third year running since the track returned to the calendar.
The zone runs from the start/finish line towards the braking zone for Tamburello, which is officially known as turn two. As was the case last year the activation point will be 60 metres before turn 19, the final corner on the track.
However the detection point for the corner has been moved. It was previously situated 20 metres before Rivazza 1 (turn 17) but is now some 385 metres before the corner instead. The new detection point is therefore around halfway between the Variante Alta chicane and Rivazza 1.
The DRS zone was extended following F1’s return to the track in 2020. The activation point was originally situated at the finishing line, after turn 19, and the detection point was first positioned 40 metres after turn 18.
Last year race winner Max Verstappen said F1 should add a second DRS zone on the run from Variante Alta to Rivazza 1. “That would help a lot because then you get a bit closer for the last two corners,” he said. “Because you lose so much time in the last two corners that even when you put the DRS a bit earlier, you will not arrive in time for turn one.”
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