GP3 DRS switch-off in race one at Paul Ricard 'a shame'

Anthoine Hubert believes he could have challenged for a GP3 race victory while team-mate Nikita Mazepin says it lacked "a good show" because DRS was disabled at Paul Ricard

GP3 DRS switch-off in race one at Paul Ricard 'a shame'

Autosport understands the decision to remove DRS usage on lap seven of Saturday's race was based on a number of issues related to the system.

It didn't appear to be accurately recording the number of DRS used by the drivers, and a team told Autosport that at least one of its drivers didn't start with the maximum number of DRS uses available.

Another driver added it appeared to be useable at areas outside of the designated DRS zones.

In GP3, drivers are supposed to get six uses of DRS across the race distance. Drivers can see how many DRS uses they have left on their steering wheel.

The leader shouldn't be able to use DRS, and ART Grand Prix driver Hubert finished the 20-lap race 0.673s behind eventual winner Dorian Boccolacci.

"We had no DRS, so that was a shame because I think I could have had a small opportunity in the last two laps with DRS," said championship leader Hubert. "But we had none."

Mazepin added: "It was a bit unfortunate that we weren't able to use the DRS throughout the whole race because it was only possible for the third lap for me.

"So I think partly because of that we missed a good show because this track is interesting for overtaking."

GP3 Series organisers declined to comment.

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