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F1 makes significant changes to DRS zones at five tracks

The FIA has confirmed updates and changes to circuits for various races on the 2023 Formula 1 calendar.

The FIA has confirmed that significant changes will be made to the Drag Reduction System at five Formula 1 tracks. The governing body analysed DRS at various tracks and has made changes that will either facilitate overtaking, or make it harder at a circuit where it was deemed not enough of a challenge. These changes will be implemented at Bahrain, Jeddah, Melbourne, Baku and Miami, and involved the adjustment of the detection and activation zones. For the upcoming Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne the fourth DRS zone will be reinstated, after previously being taken away last year on safety grounds.

Various F1 circuits given updates

The FIA has also confirmed various updates to circuits ahead of the 2023 Formula 1 season. Included in the changes are the upgrades to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, which RacingNews365.com exclusively revealed will feature improved visibility on corner entry . The Baku City Circuit will be resurfaced following the issues experienced by teams last year, notably Mercedes whose drivers emerged with back pain following the race. Alongside their other modifications, the Miami International Autodrome will also be resurfaced ahead of the 2023 season. Zandvoort will have the space between the pit stop positions increased by 1.5m, while Qatar will have a new pit and paddock building for its return to the calendar this year. Notably the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is not on the list of changes, despite it planning to run a version of the circuit without the final chicane for F1 races.

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