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Michael Masi

FIA to look at allowing DRS through Zandvoort banking in 2022

Data from this year's Dutch Grand Prix will be studied to determine whether DRS will be permitted through the banked final corner at Zandvoort from 2022 onwards.

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Drivers could be allowed to use DRS through Zandvoort's banked final corner in 2022, in a bid to increase overtaking, with data from this year's Dutch Grand Prix to be studied by the FIA.

As expected, overtaking proved to be a challenge at the tight and twisty venue on Sunday, with few overtakes being completed over the course of the 72-lap race.

DRS was permitted between Turns 10 and 11, and along the relatively short pit straight, after F1 backed out of plans to let the drivers use it through the banked final corner.

"It was as we always do with the DRS, we do some simulations and work with what is within the tolerances that we have," FIA Race Director Michael Masi explained to media, including RacingNews365.com, regarding the zones used last weekend.

"[We] said here, the banking [is] completely unknown, let's go through an event, gather a complete lot of data from practice, qualifying, the race, and then be in a better position like we do with DRS zones at all events.

"Then [we can] review it and see if we need to make changes, and how we can make changes for the following year."

Put to Masi that next year's cars will be completely different, given the regulation overhaul, he said: "I think it will still give us a pretty good indication.

"Yes, it is a completely different car, a completely different aero package, but I think based on what we’ve got, [it] will still give us a pretty good indication of the windows and what we can operate in."

RN365 News dossier F1 2021 Dutch Grand Prix

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