Date: 6th April 2011 at 2:35pm
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Officially we still do not know where the DRS zone will be at Malaysia this weekend.

DRS (Drag Reduction System) or more commonly referred too as the driver enabled moveable rear wing (hence the abbreviation to DRS) is expected to be in the same place on the track as it was for Australia, which of course was the main start-finish straight, with the detection area on the last corner.

But at Sepang, the circuit offers two ideal positions for DRS and the FIA haven’t yet officially stated which straight will be used or whether both straights will be in use!

If the FIA opt to have a detection area at turn 14 and 15, the system could then be used down both main straights.

Drivers could use one straight to set up their positioning, to make the move into the first corner or it could even create the scenario where one car gets past at turn 15 and then loses the place back at turn 1, thus creating the excitement that Formula One was looking for with the introduction of the rear wing.

However not everyone is happy with that prospect, namely Ferrari’s Felipe Massa: ‘With the moveable rear wing, the situation will be interesting here, because for the moment, the plan is to be allowed to use DRS during the race on the straight in front of the pits, but at Sepang, the straight that runs back the other way is actually longer,’ the Brazilian told Ferrari’s official website.

‘It is also true that it would offer a higher chance of overtaking. So, we are waiting for the final decision from the FIA to see if we use DRS on the front straight, the back one or both.

‘The right decision could make the race more interesting for drivers and the spectators too. Personally, I am not sure that allowing DRS on both straights is the best option, because I think it might actually make overtaking too easy. You have to get the right balance between helping the chances of overtaking and having almost too much passing.


Considering Massa’s last outing in Australia, perhaps he should reconsider his view, as he could have done with taking every advantage he could find in Melbourne!

 

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