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FIA intervenes to make overtaking more difficult at Bahrain

An intervention by the FIA means F1 drivers will not be able to use DRS at the Bahrain International Circuit as freely as they could last year.

Ahead of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, the FIA has shortened the Drag Reduction System zone on the start-finish straight at the Bahrain International Circuit. The track's third DRS activation point has been moved 80 metres down the straight relative to last year's race, meaning drivers will only be able to open their DRS flaps 250 metres after the last corner, rather than after 170 metres. The move comes after the FIA confirmed last month that changes would be made to DRS zones at five F1 tracks, either to facilitate overtaking, or to make it harder at circuits where it was deemed not enough of a challenge. These changes were said to be implemented at Bahrain, Jeddah, Melbourne, Baku and Miami, and involved the adjustment of the detection and activation zones.

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