The FIA has reduced the length of two DRS zones at the Miami International Autodrome, despite some drivers criticising a similar change at the previous race.
After its inaugural race last May, the circuit will again see each of the three detection points remain in the same location for 2023 – the first on the exit of turn eight, the second exiting turn 16 onto the longest straight on the circuit and the final exiting turn 17.
However, the first and second activation zones have both been moved 75 metres further down the straights than they were in 2022, reducing the overall length of the DRS zones in both cases. The third and final DRS zone that runs along the pit straight remains unchanged.
It is the second successive round in which the FIA has reduced DRS zones, following a similar move in last weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku. While the Baku race weekend saw passes for the lead in the longest DRS zones in both the sprint race and the grand prix, there were no overtakes for position inside the top eight positions over the final 31 laps.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix winner Sergio Perez said after the race that he disagreed with the decision to reduce the DRS zone over the Baku race weekend.
“I feel these cars are generating a bit more downforce and, by generating that little more downforce, the car behind struggles a little bit more to follow,” Perez explained. “So in my opinion, it wasn’t the right thing to shorten up the DRS, because it’s getting harder to overtake than last year already in itself so it’s something we should review.”
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