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Australian Grand Prix 2023

Why four DRS zones will return for Australia GP

The FIA made the decision to remove one of the four DRS zones at Albert Park last year after safety concerns were raised, but it is set to return this year.

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The fourth Drag Reduction System zone at Albert Park will return in 2023, after being removed last year on safety grounds.

Situated between Turns 9 and 10 along the lake-side straight, the FIA elected to take action on safety grounds after a number of drivers complained of blocking and impeding.

This resulted in several moments where those on a fast lap encountered other drivers going slowly trying to generate a gap, along the narrow piece of track that places high aerodynamic demands on the cars.

Some drivers were more vocal than others about the change, given the aerodynamic benefits it would bring for cars that suffered the least from porpoising.

FIA analyses DRS zones for 2023

Prior to the season the FIA analysed all the DRS zones for 2022 and made changes for 2023, either to facilitate overtaking or make it harder at certain tracks where it was considered not enough of a challenge.

Along with the adjustment of detection and activation zones at four other circuits, the FIA confirmed that a fourth DRS will be reinstated.

The new DRS zone should see cars to reach up to 211mph, and will enable better overtaking opportunities into the newly redesigned Turn 11.

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