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.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry. Time just published a brief piece by Wallace saluting Hamilton as a trailblazer.

The idea of Hamilton attending the NASCAR season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).