Paul Ricard circuit to feature two DRS zones for F1 French GP

The Paul Ricard Formula 1 circuit will feature two DRS zones this weekend for the return of the French Grand Prix

Paul Ricard circuit to feature two DRS zones for F1 French GP

Although the circuit's long straights offer plenty of options to place DRS zones, the FIA has elected to feature one on the start/finish straight and a second on the first part of the long back straight.

The back straight zone has a detection point 75 metres before Turn 7 - the left-hander onto the Mistral Straight - and the zone itself has an activation point 170m after the corner.

The detection point for the second zone is at Turn 14, the penultimate corner, and the zone's activation point is 115m after Turn 15.

Further analysis of the the zones and their length is likely to be carried out by the FIA when cars are running in France, and changes could be made if the governing body feels the DRS zones do not work well enough or are too effective.

Should more be required, one option would be to fit a third zone after the chicane that punctuates the Mistral Straight.

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