More and Less DRS in 2013
In 2013, the use of DRS in qualifying and free practice will be limited to the same zones employed for the race, meaning the teams will have to rely on it much less in the battle for pole. However, that change is offset to some extent by the designation of two zones at almost every circuit – only Monaco and Suzuka escape with the solitary activation point.
Many of the DRS zones proposed for this year look like they are intended to work in tandem, with the second zone benefitting from the first. A prime example is Hungary where the short second zone would not be expected to be effective on its own but as it immediately follows the first it may provide a second chance to the chasing driver. However, in several cases, the two zones are entirely separate, with the separate passing areas for Bahrain and the United States having limited effect on each other.
However, the overall focus appears to be towards giving following drivers assistance in closing, or at least maintaining, a gap rather than making passing itself easier. Opportunity rather than the means.