FIA confirm DRS zones for Germany and Hungary

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After it was announced earlier this week that there would be two DRS zones at the British Grand Prix, the FIA has continued this trend by confirming the zones for the German and Hungarian Grands Prix.

For the race at the Nurburgring, one DRS zone will run along the back straight of the circuit en route to the final chicane, as was seen at the 2011 German Grand Prix. However, for 2013, there will be another zone along the main straight, with the detection point being on the final corner.

In Hungary, once again, the existing DRS zone along the main straight is retained, but a second zone has been added on the straight between turns two and three. The detection point for the main straight (on the final corner) will also act as the marker for this second zone, which should allow drivers to overtake down the straight and pull away heading towards turn three.

The addition of a second zone in Hungary will be welcomed by many as overtaking at the track is notoriously difficult thanks to its tight and twisty nature. However, the numerous critics of DRS will once again cry foul play, believing that overtaking has become too easy.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)