DRS F1: What is Drag Reductions System in technology? Does it help in overtaking? The Sportsrush explains the purpose behind DRS.
Drag Reductions System in F1 is one of the most crucial technologies, it surely enhances the quality and intensity in races with a potential of increasing overtakes in a race.
The system was introduced in 2011 in which, sections of the track, usually the pit straight and one other area, are designated to using the DRS – where overtakes become more likely.
If a driver is within a second of the car ahead while passing the ‘detection’ point, they can use DRS once they are in the ‘activation’ zone. Thus, an attractive option for the driver vying to climb in the order.
How does DRS F1 work?
Once DRS is activated, a section of a car’s rear wing, creating an opening that air can rush through. Hence, reducing the aerodynamic drag of a car (resistance against the air), giving a boost to the car.
It is claimed that once DRS is activated a car receives an additional speed of up to 10mph helping to nudge ahead. Giving rise to spectacles during the race.
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Has overtaking increased because of DRS?
Initially when DRS was introduced, the instances of overtaking shot up dramatically. However, those numbers came crashing down again last year, when new regulations meant cars were wider and quicker in straight lines, making passing much more difficult.
Statistics showed that overtakes were almost cut in half in 2017.
In 2018, F1 introduced third DRS zone for the season-opening race in Melbourne. Only five overtakes were recorded at Albert Park. Two of which came in one thrilling move involving Esteban Ocon, Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso.