How DRS works

DRS (Drag Reduction System) when activated in Formula 1 always makes the cars suddenly go faster, but how does it work and why cant it be used all of the time? I will teach you about how it works and some of the technicalities behind it. If you have a related fact that you would like to have mentioned, make sure to leave a comment below or visit my contact page.

The Drag Reduction System, or DRS, was introduced into F1 in 2011 to boost flagging numbers of overtakes. Sections of the track, usually the pit straight and one other area, are designated to using the DRS – where overtakes become more likely. If a driver is within a second of the car ahead while passing the ‘detection’ point, they can use DRS once they are in the ‘activation’ zone. So how does this work?

What DRS does is it lifts up the rear wing so that it stops producing downforce. Though this may seem bad for racing, it actually helps the car go faster. See, downforce isn’t needed in the straights since you don’t need to turn that much. Downforce also produces a lot of drag that can slow you down. By opening up the rear wing, the car becomes a lot more aerodynamically efficient and has the ability to go 10 mph faster.

Though some people don’t think that DRS is fair, I think that it makes the race a lot more exciting. When the driver behind gets the extra boost in speed, it allows for more overtakes and battles between cars which is way more fun than just watching the driver in first run away.

When the system was first introduced in 2011, it increased the amount of overtakes that were happening in the sport however in 2017, new regulations made the cars wider and faster in a straight line which cut overtaking again by half.

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