The Australian Grand Prix will be the first to feature four separate DRS zones around the lap this weekend as F1 returns to Albert Park.
The Albert Park track map on the official Formula 1 website has been updated to show that the circuit now features four DRS zones to aid overtaking. This will be the first time a grand prix has been held with four separate DRS activation points around the circuit.
As well as the three DRS zones present at the circuit the last time the race was held in 2019 – along the pit straight, on the run to turn three and on the run to turn 11 – a fourth zone will be added on the newly-created straight approaching the fast chicane of turns nine and ten.
There will be two DRS detection points around the circuit. The first just after the re-profiled turn six at the start of sector two, which can be activated before and after the high speed chicane at the start of sector three. The second DRS detection point comes before the turn 13 hairpin just before the final corner and will be activated along the pit straight and after turn two on the run down to turn three.
This weekend will be the first time the Australian Grand Prix has been held since 2019. The 2020 event was cancelled on the morning of Friday practice after McLaren withdrew from the race following two of their team members testing positive for Covid-19 during the early phase of the coronavirus pandemic. The race was set to return to the calendar towards the end of the 2021 season, but was cancelled due to logistical reasons because of the Australian government’s Covid restrictions.
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