What does DRS stand for in Formula 1, and when was it introduced to F1?

FORMULA one cars are packed with gadgets to make them go as fast as possible.

But with so much technology to know and understand, fans can easily get confused.

 A driver can press a button on the steering wheel to activate DRS

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A driver can press a button on the steering wheel to activate DRS

What does DRS stand for?

DRS stands for drag reduction system.

This is a method used by F1 drivers to follow their rivals more closely and therefore overtake them.

When in a DRS zone, a driver within one second of a rival car may activate the DRS.

Within the push of a button, a driver can open up part of the rear wing.

 The system is used to help a driver to overtake

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The system is used to help a driver to overtake

It is used to reduce aerodynamic drag and increase the straight-line speed of the car.

The rear wing is adjustable and the driver can move it at any given time.

What is a DRS zone?

The drivers can only use the DRS during designated DRS activation zones.

To ensure that overtaking is not too easy, the length and location of the zones are carefully controlled.

When was DRS first used in F1?

The drag reduction system was introduced to Formula One in 2011.

Regulations in 2013 stated that no item of the body may be adjustable by the driver during the race – with the exception of the DRS.

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FORMULA one cars are packed with gadgets to make them go as fast as possible.