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F1 set for unprecedented number of DRS zones in Australia

Four DRS zones are set to be in use at the upcoming Australian Grand Prix, following major changes to the Albert Park Circuit.

Formula 1 drivers look set to use the Drag Reduction System (DRS) more than ever before at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, with a fourth zone being added to the modified Albert Park Circuit. Last raced at in 2019, Melbourne's popular street track has undergone significant changes ahead of the event's return in 2022, including the removal of the Turn 9-10 chicane for an extended 'straight'. According to an updated graphic on the official Formula 1 website, an extra DRS zone will be added to this section as a result of the changes.

A new record for F1 with four DRS zones

Alongside DRS zones on the main straight, between Turns 2 and 3, and between (the new) Turns 10 and 11, a fourth zone now slots in on the run between Turns 8 and 9. The first DRS detection point has been placed at the exit of Turn 6 (covering the T8-9 and T10-11 zones), and the second on the approach to Turn 13 (covering the T14-1 and T2-3 zones). No other circuit on the F1 calendar has featured more than three DRS zones in the past, those being Sakhir (Bahrain), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), the Red Bull Ring (Austria) and the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Mexico).

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