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F1 chooses to use DRS in Zandvoort banking

Formula 1 chiefs originally proposed the idea of ​​the bank’s last turn in an effort to offer a much longer period of full throttle operation than the original configuration would allow.

Since places to cross are very limited in the tight circuit, it was felt that this design would at least give some opportunity for movement.

Computer simulations show that the flat flat bend should add another 340 meters of flat motion – over 678 meters of the next straight.

Banking was too extreme – with 32 percent set, which equates to 18 degrees – to give drivers enough load across the corner to run with the DRS open.

However, for the inaugural Dutch Grand Prix this weekend, the FIA ​​has chosen to play it safe and will only allow the DRS to open after the corner.

Department chief Jan Lammers said on Wednesday: “That’s the FIA’s decision. They just want to see how things go this year and they want to collect data in real life.

“They don’t take any risks and that’s understandable for this first edition in 36 years.”

Craig Wilson, F1’s head of vehicle performance and heads a department there that helps create and test circuit designs, has been key to helping turn the banking idea into a reality.

Last year he spoke about the checks that were made to allow the DRS to open from there.

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With the first idea for the bank-filled corner coming from former Formula One racing director Charlie Whiting, Team Wilson came up with a concept they thought would work.

A comment came and said: Can we do banking? Wilson said. I thought about it, and it was, ‘Well, leave it with me, let me define the level of banking required in the concept of can we, instead of opening the DRS after the last turn, open the DRS through the last turn?’

“We went through it, we used our simulation, and then we came back and said ‘Okay, you’ll at least need this level of banking to be able to do that. I’ve evaluated it two different ways, in terms of vehicle stability and aerodynamic loss, and it looks like it could work.

And then it was a case of, ‘Okay, can we do that physically? ”

“The guys in Zandvoort went and talked to a few people and came back and said, ‘Yes, we can do it, we think we can do it, and we’d be very interested in doing it.'”

“So we’ve had conversations with the FIA ​​to say ‘Look, that’s what we’re thinking, are you okay with that? Let’s go over the numbers, let’s take a look at the other stuff involved,” they said.

“As a process, we were getting all the right people together and we were really able to come up with a solution – and a somewhat unique solution to this situation.”

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