DRS ban for Eau Rouge?
August 22, 2011
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Eau Rouge, an extremely steep corner on the Spa circuit
The FIA is investigating whether the Drag Reduction System is suitable to be used at the Eau Rouge corner in Spa-Francorchamps.
DRS was banned earlier this year in the tunnel in Monaco, after several drivers noted that some might take unnecessary risks through the right-hand kink.
The same reasoning applies here. Eau Rouge is a famous high-incline corner, which is taken flat out in the dry conditions, like the Monaco tunnel. However, the risk of a crash here is also high, according to Rubens Barrichello:
"We’re going to see crashes going on, and that’s not the purpose.
"You’re going to gamble. I mean, last year we had to raise the knee to make it
work [referring to F-duct system], and I went through Eau Rouge with one leg, and
that’s not the purpose."
According to Mercedes, the DRS system may be used for up to 63% of the Spa circuit, second only to Monza.