Formula 1 have announced that drivers will be able to use DRS after a single lap in feature races this year, rather than the previous two.
The drag reduction system was introduced over a decade ago, and has helped boost overtaking in the sport - especially at tracks with two DRS zones.
The system of only being able to use DRS on the third lap of the race if the car in front is less than one second ahead has often been a blessing for the driver leading the race, giving them time to build enough of a gap to not have to worry too much about their rivals.
This was especially true in 2023, when Max Verstappen's clear dominance over the rest of the field often saw him away and over the hills before the driver in second place even had a chance to operate the rear-wing device.
Now, in an attempt to improve racing at the start of races and allow for more overtaking opportunities, the F1 commission have agreed to make these changes ahead of the 2024 season.
This new rule will also be in operation when races are restarted after a safety car period, offering more opportunities for a tighter race once the safety car has peeled away into the pits.
While there may be some trepidation about this new rule causing more so-called 'DRS trains' at the start of races making the system less effective, it is more likely to make the battle at the front a more exciting one.
In addition to the DRS changes, the commission have also agreed to new sprint race changes, and have allowed drivers to use four power units before incurring a penalty in both the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
F1 Commission agrees to reorder Sprint weekends:
Friday - FP1 and Sprint Qualifying Saturday - Sprint and GP Qualifying Sunday - Grand Prix
Also increase to four PUs per driver for 2024 and 2025
DRS to be activated one lap after a race start rather than two#F1
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