The FIA has increased the length of track on which drivers can use DRS at the Hungaroring ahead of this weekend’s race.
Overtaking has always been difficult at the Hungarian track and it is hoped this year’s changes will remedy that.
In addition to the previous DRS zone on the start/finish straight, drivers will also be able to activate their rear wings at the exit of turn one, for the short straight leading to turn two.
A single detection point will be used for the two zones, located at the penultimate corner. A driver who is within one second of the car in front will then be able to deploy DRS through both of the zones.
Whether that will be sufficient for them to overtake could prove decisive in this weekend’s race. Last year Lewis Hamilton won despite coming under pressure from Kimi Raikkonen, as the Lotus driver was unable to get close enough to attempt a pass.
However Raikkonen believes the usual policy of qualifying at the front and staying there will be the best ticket to victory at the Hungaroring:
“I have finished second in Hungary too many times, so I know how important it is to lead the race after the first corner,” he said. “DRS or not, it’s never easy to overtake at the Hungaroring.”
“To get the weekend right, you have to have good sessions in FP1, FP2 and FP3, then a strong qualifying session and finally a perfect start to the race.”
Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy
Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.
Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.
Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.
A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.
A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.
Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.