McLaren’s drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris suppose that an additional DRS zone at Portimao will change racing aspect.
For this year’s Portuguese Grand Prix the FIA has added the second DRS zone in order to provide more overtaking opportunities as well as shortened the original stretch. Speaking about the changes, Daniel Ricciardo believes that this will not make overtaking too easy, which is beneficial from the competition standpoint.
“I think last year, from memory, there was some [times] you were kind of close in to turn five, but maybe not close enough,” Ricciardo said.
“It’s certainly not going to create the easy DRS overtake,” he added. “I think if anything, it’s just going to maybe put us in striking range, and that’s ultimately what we want. So I think it will be a good thing,” he added.
His McLaren teammate Lando Norris supported the idea of the Australian:
“They shortened the first one to make it a little bit more difficult, but also added that second one. So hopefully you can see some more racing around the track rather than only into turn one.
“We’ll wait and see how much we actually gain into the corner, whether it’s going to be possible. But it’s not going to be a negative in any way,” the Briton said in the end.