The FIA is planning to operate two completely independent DRS zones at the Italian GP, this blog can reveal.
In Montreal there were two consecutive zones for the first time – using the same detection point – but in Italy they two zones will be in different parts of the track and will have their own detection points.
Not surprisingly one will be on the main straight, while sources say that the other will be between the second Lesmo and Ascari.
The double zone will be food for thought for the teams as they hone their packages for the race. The low downforce wings run at Monza mean that the DRS gain is smaller, but it is still significant.
Last year Jenson Button showed that there were benefits in running a higher downforce package, and some teams may opt to go in that direction. Higher downforce also protects tyres, which will be a big issue at Monza, where Pirelli expects teams to focus on the medium for the race and do minimal running on the soft.
Two race zones mean that teams are even more likely than normal to optimise their seventh gears for an open DRS.