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FIA announces pitstraight DRS zone for Japanese Grand Prix

Suzuka's single DRS zone is on pitstraightThe FIA has announced that there will be a single DRS zone at the Suzuka circuit for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

The zone will be on the start-finish straight, running from the exit of the final corner down to the first corner.

The detection point will be 70 metres after Turn 15, with the activation point 30 metres after Turn 18.

Although the DRS zone is relatively short, Vitantonio Liuzzi believed that the layout of the track should be enough to allow overtaking.

"I think we have seen races where there were not as many overtaking moves as we expected, but in the end the DRS helped at all the grands prix for more show and more overtaking," he told AUTOSPORT.

"So I think 130R and the back straight will be a good place to catch, before then overtaking on the main straight. I think it will be really useful to have a better race."

When asked whether he believed DRS could be used through 130R in qualifying, Liuzzi said: "That is a good question. I am planning to make the weekend more challenging by trying it! But it is not going to be easy. For us with the weakness of downforce we have, it will be tough - but more fun and exciting."

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