winning formula What is DRS, what does it stand for and when did F1 introduce it? All you need to know about Drag Reduction System

FORMULA One cars are packed with gadgets to make them go as fast as possible across the tarmac. The drag reduction system (DRS) is an overtaking aid designed to make racing more exciting. This is a method used by F1 drivers to follow their rivals more closely and therefore overtake them. When in a DRS zone, a driver within one second of a rival car may activate the DRS. Within the push of a button, a driver can open up part of the rear wing. It is used to reduce aerodynamic drag and increase the straight-line speed of the car. They must be within one second of a car in front to be able to use the DRS.

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