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      11-07-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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The changes we heard earlier this season was confirmed delayed on the modification of the Yas Marina Circuit. As organizers hoping the new regulations will help overtaking without modifying the track itself.

Anyone reckon there should be at least three DRS zones here?
One on the main straight between Turns 7 and 8, another straight between Turns 9 through 11, and the Pit straight.

Actually I hope the DRS activation point on the straight would be just right so its not too long so cars would just breeze by, or too short its ineffective.

Race Date: 13 Nov 2011
Number of Laps: 55
Circuit Length: 5.554 km
Race Distance: 305.355 km
Lap Record: 1:40.279 - S Vettel (2009)

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Fri 11 November 2011
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13:00 - 14:30
Practice 2 17:00 - 18:30
Sat 12 November 2011
Practice 3
14:00 - 15:00
Qualifying 17:00
Sun 13 November 2011
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Fri 11 November 2011
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Practice 2 05:00 - 06:30
Sat 12 November 2011
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Qualifying 05:00
Sun 13 November 2011
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Fri 11 November 2011
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Practice 2 08:00 - 09:30
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Two DRS zones would be plenty. The pit straight is too short, and the first corner is too quick, to make DRS useful.

This track has been rather disappointing - looks phenomenal but has races on par with Hungary or Valencia. Perhaps DRS will help this year, but as we saw in Valencia, that is doubtful.
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I agree, the three DRS zones suggested make sense. THe problem I see with having just two, specifically between 7-8 and 9-11 is that if the driver attempting the overtake at 7-8 fails, he is going to lose a lot of speed through turn 8 and 9 and won't be close enough to take advantage of DRS going into 11. But by the time they get to the pit straight, he might be close enough again to give it a shot.

Likewise, they can have just two DRS zones, but maybe have them between 7-8 and on the pit straight.

This track is utterly boring. And for me, the graphics on the tarmac doesn't add appeal and is too bright and too crowded. Not sure why, but it bothers me.

It will be a more interesting race this year, but not because of DRS, but because the driver's title is done, and constructor point are up for grabs, so your Williams, Force Indias, STRs, and Renaults will be willing to take greater risks....while Vettel fades into the distance in the lead.
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Lets go. Time for the phaser track.

I only like the shape because it reminds me of a phaser.
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i know, i'll even settle for Bahrain now, just to add another race
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i know, i'll even settle for Bahrain now, just to add another race
uhhh...no....unless i got hit by insomnia....
but the only good news was...if Bahrain was going to host the race this season, they were going to use the original track configuration, not the micky mouse ones we saw in 2010.
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Lets go. Time for the phaser track.

I only like the shape because it reminds me of a phaser.
Lol. Awesome
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Terrible course. Any hope of rain?
In the UAE? Not likely...
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Quick, someone hack into the sprinkler's system.
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Bernie is already on it...
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This picture of Massa:


Reminds me of this:


Someone with a bit of time should go to town on it.
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