The usage of DRS was banned on the banked corner at Zandvoort for the 2021 race. However, Ross Brawn hopes that it will be possible to deploy it next season.
The initial idea was to use DRS for this season too. However, the FIA preferred not to risk and said that it wanted to have more data before letting the drivers use the DRS on the banked corner.
“Hopefully, once we have a proper look at all the data, we can go back to our original idea of having DRS from the beginning of the banking, which will help a little bit,” Brawn told Motorsport.com after the race.
“It was conservative. We as F1 didn’t think there was a problem, but we wanted to be conservative. I think with the data we’ve got we feel a lot more comfortable, and so that that’s going to be an option.
“But there was overtaking, you could do it. It was tough, but it could happen, which was great.”
Michael Masi too confirmed that the FIA did not want to risk having incidents in 2021 and therefore banned the use of DRS on the banked corner. However, he admitted that changes could be possible next season.
“As we always do with DRS we do some simulations and work with what is within the tolerances that we have,” said the Australian.
“Here, the banking was completely unknown, [so it was] let’s go through an event, gather a complete lot of data from practice, qualifying, race, and then be in a better position like we do with DRS zones at all events, and then review it and see if we need to make changes and how we can make changes for the following year.
“Like with everything you can simulate things as many times as you like, [but you need] a practical real-life understanding of what took place. And now we have that.”
Even though the 2022 cars will be very different from the current ones, Masi still believes that the data collected this season will help understand whether it is possible to use DRS or not.
“I think it’ll still give us a pretty good indication. So yes, it is a completely different car, a completely different aero package. But I think based on what we’ve got it still gives us a pretty good indication of the windows, and what we can operate in.”
To conclude, Toto Wolff, Mercedes Team Principal, admitted that having a longer DRS zone would improve the racing at Zandvoort.
“I think the race is almost a 10 out of the overall,” Wolff told Motorsport.com. “If we were able to open DRS at the beginning of the banking, it not only makes it spectacular, but it gives another overtaking opportunity.
“I understand about this year, you don’t know, and it’s the first time you’re running such high-speed banking.
“I think in terms of the cars it completely changes next year, but we know what we want to achieve, and that is lots of overtaking zones, and I’m looking forward to opening up DRS before the corner.”