Horner: Melbourne could resemble a MotoGP race

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Horner: Melbourne could resemble a MotoGP race

Christian Horner fears the Australian Grand Prix might flip right into a “MotoGP race” because of the proliferation of DRS zones at Albert Park.

The Melbourne circuit has been revamped for its first grand prix since 2019, now quicker and with fewer corners – however extra DRS zones, a whopping 4 on a observe that was taking beneath 1min 20sec to finish in free follow.

That means the “cat and mouse sport” to which Horner, the Crimson Bull workforce principal, had referred to being performed in Saudi Arabia between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc might doubtlessly be witnessed once more.

It concerned the duo, when battling for the lead, braking simply earlier than the DRS detection level to try to guarantee they had been behind with the intention to get the drag discount increase within the activation zone. That might doubtlessly be harmful if different automobiles had been following them intently.

In fact, the continuation of the “sport” all relies on how Crimson Bull and Ferrari are matched competitively, however in Friday free follow there appeared to be little change from two weeks earlier as Leclerc and Verstappen had been 1-2 within the second observe session.

Talking to Sky Sports activities, Horner stated he didn’t wish to see drivers taking part in ‘hen’ on the DRS line – however advised the abundance of DRS zones at Albert Park might result in a MotoGP-style race with automobiles swapping place incessantly.

“I feel in Jeddah, for instance, if the DRS line had been later, otherwise you’re really within the nook itself, then there wouldn’t have been that tactical play coming in,” stated Horner.

“I feel what can be fascinating right here, 4 zones, it’s just about the entire lap behind.

“Now what you don’t need the DRS to be is just too straightforward that it’s only a cruise previous. What the DRS ought to be is to allow you to get extra of a slipstream impact. It ought to be a run however with out simply cruising previous both facet.

“The distances of those DRS zones can be fairly fascinating within the race on Sunday to see how massive an impact [it has] as a result of it could possibly be like a MotoGP race the place you could possibly be altering [position] two or 3 times a lap.

“It relies on the size of these zones and the way it impacts…if it’s simply too straightforward to overhaul, that’s not good.”


Verstappen completed FP2 just below 1 / 4 of a second slower than Leclerc, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz third and Sergio Perez within the different Crimson Bull pipped to P4 by Alpine’s Fernando Alonso.



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