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.”