Formula 3 championship to have unrestricted use of DRS

04-01-2019 10:53
by Matt Gretton
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Formula 3 championship to have unrestricted use of DRS

Drivers in the Formula 3 championship will have unrestricted use of DRS during races. The new FIA series will replace GP3 on the support bill in 2019, and the unlimited use of the overtaking aid is hoped to produce some special races.

Previously in GP3, the rules only allowed drivers to use DRS six times in the feature race, and just four in the sprint race. This is in complete contrast to how it'll be next season.

"GP3 have it, GP3 limit the amount of usage during a race but we've done away with that [for FIA Formula 3], like F2 and F1, as long as they are in the one-second detection range," the FIA's Charlie Whiting told Autosport.

"I think it doesn't make sense to not have it in F3 if we're running the cars on the same platform [as F1 and F2]. There's no justifiable reason not to have it in my opinion."

On many Formula 1 tracks last season, the FIA introduced an additional DRS zone. In some cases, it increased the amount of overtakes, in others, it didn't help at all.

The new F3 boss, Bruno Michel described the decision as if it was a no-brainer.

"It was not a difficult decision to make, we wanted to make a car that creates fantastic racing. This is our DNA, that is why they are watching it and know the drivers. They follow us," Michel said.

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