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FIA sets longest DRS zone yet

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The DRS activation zone will run from the start/finish line to the first corner © Formula One World Championship Ltd.
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The Drag Reduction System (DRS) activation zone for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix will run from the start line to the first corner.

At 830 metres it is the longest DRS zone seen so far and the FIA hopes it will promote overtaking at the Circuit de Catalunya, which has been difficult to pass on in recent years.

The detection point is just ahead of the final corner, meaning any car within a second of the one in front coming out of the chicane at turns 14 and 15 will be able to activate their rear wing on the following straight.

The system was introduced at the start of the season and has boosted the chances of overtaking, although some have criticised it for making passing too easy.

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