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FIA announces Monza double-DRS

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There will be two detection points in Italy © Getty Images
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The FIA has announced that there will be two separate DRS zones at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix.

So far this season the majority of the circuits have seen only one DRS zone during the race, with the grands prix in Canada and Valencia seeing a double zone on consecutive straights. On those occasions there was only one detection point, meaning only the following car can use the DRS in either zone.

In Italy, however, there will be two separate zones with two separate detection points. The first will be on the start finish straight with the detection point on the exit of Parabolica, while the second will be in between the second Lesmo and the Ascari chicane and will have a detection point between the two Lesmos.

After the Belgian Grand Prix, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said that the DRS had worked well, and that it is a style of racing that the fans want to see and will enjoy again in Italy.

"I think that if you could [use] DRS you could get by," Whitmarsh said. "I think overall, people want that. FOTA did the most extensive fans survey - whether I believe it or want it - the fans want more overtakes. Jenson [Button] did some mighty overtaking round the outside and from a long way back, and I suspect for the fans it was fairly spectacular.

"Once you got past a car with DRS, unless you broke the DRS link he was likely to get you back the next lap. People talk wondrously of about 35 years ago slipstreaming at Monza - before my time - but people seem to like that, so I think DRS worked well."