GP3 Series to introduce DRS from 2017


2016 GP3 Series Round 8 Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sunday 2 October 2016. Steijn Schothorst (NED, Campos Racing) leads Kevin Joerg (SUI, DAMS) & Jake Hughes (GBR, DAMS) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _SLA4731

GP3 Series CEO Bruno Michel has confirmed that from 2017 the series is to follow in the footsteps of the GP2 Series and Formula One by adopting a Drag Reduction System.

The aim of this introduction is to serve two goals, improve the quality of racing and also to better prepare the drivers for when they make the graduation to GP2 and potentially F1.

“We introduced a new car in GP3 this year and it has given us 100% satisfaction in terms of reliability so we decided to add another layer to the drivers’ apprenticeship with the addition of DRS in order to prepare them for GP2,” Michel commented to the Insider magazine (the official GP2 and GP3 publication).

“Of course, it will also spice up the GP3 races which have been a little bit too quiet at the beginning of the season, but they have started to become extremely enjoyable in recent rounds.

“DRS will also attract drivers to the series because they are always looking for anything that will help them prepare for the future.”

The system will work in the same way it does in GP2 and F1, with drivers being allowed unlimited use of the device within designated zones in practice and qualifying and requiring a certain gap – typically of one second – to the car ahead for activation during a race situation.