The FIA ​​continues with measures to increase the number of overtaking maneuvers and adds the third DRS zone on the main straight on Hockenheim circuit in Germany and extends the main DRS zone in the curved full throttle Parabolica section.

Due to the increasing amount of downforces and shorter braking distances, this year we saw very little overtaking, and the FIA ​​continues to undertake simple short-term measures such as adding the third DRS zone to the tracks where it has space for it.

Although the Hockenheim track offers some good overtaking opportunities with a long curved Parabolica turn after the Turn 4 followed by the slowest corner on the track, the FIA ​​thinks that the introduction of the third DRS zone on the main straight will help overtaking.

The detection point for the new DRS zone lies between the Turn 16 and Turn 17 and the activation follows immediately after the last corner.

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Start of the 2003 German GP (3rd August, 2003) Photo: Reuters

The same detection point is now also used for the second DRS zone between the first and the second corner and the previous detection point for that zone was located before the first corner.

The detection point for the third DRS zone, the longest full-throttle section, is still located after the Trun 4 and that zone is now beginning about 50 meters earlier than in 2016 to further help overtaking.

HOCKENHEIM CIRCUIT

German GP F1 2018 circuit map three DRS zones Photo FIA MAXF1net

Races 62 (1951 – 2016, Hockenheim 35, Nürburgring 26, Berlin 1)
Laps 67
Lap lenght 4574 m
Race distance 306.458 km
Record race lap 1:13.780 (Kimi Räikkönen, 2004)
Record lap 1:13.306 (Michael Schumacher, Q2, 2004)
Results 2014. 2016.

RECORDS (after 2016 race)

Drivers Constructors Engine makes
Wins Michael Schumacher (4) Ferrari (21) Ferrari (21)
Pole positions Jim Clark i Jacky Ickx (4) Ferrari (19) Ferrari (19)
Fastest laps Michael Schumacher (5) Ferrari (17) Ferrari (17)
Podium places Michael Schumacher (7) Ferrari (51) Ferrari (51)
Front row Jackie Stewart i Alain Prost (7) Ferrari (45) Ferrari (45)
Races led Piquet, Senna i Prost (6) Ferrari (29) Ferrari (29)
Laps led Michael Schumacher (213) Ferrari (751) Ferrari (751)
Points Fernando Alonso (117) Ferrari (509) Ferrari (534)
NOTE: Number of laps, lap lenght and record laps refer to newest track configuration, other data includes all German GPs
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