GP2’s DRS system to use same zones and detection points as Formula 1

The new Drag Reduction System that has been adopted by GP2 Series for 2015 will use the same zones and detection points as Formula One’s DRS.

The system, which was first tested on the series development car by Alex Lynn as part of his prize for winning the GP3 Series Championship, will be extensively tested during this week’s GP2 test in Abu Dhabi.

Series technical director Didier Perrin said the DRS system was designed to emulate the F1 system as much as possible.

Ever since we decided to add the DRS, our target was to produce one that would be similar to the one used in Formula One but that would be easy to operate and affordable for GP2,” said Perrin.

We will have the same DRS zones as the ones in F1 – The detection line where we measure the gap between the cars will be in the same location and the criteria to allow a driver to use the DRS or not will be exactly the same as in F1.

The main difference resides in the telemetry. In F1, the teams have at their disposal a very competitive telemetry system which sends and receives data from the car.

Of course, that’s not something that we have in GP2. Therefore, we had to develop a telemetry system which will be managed by EM Motorsport. It will enable them to localise the cars on track and send the DRS data to each of them during every session.

During the Bahrain tests the system was simplified to ensure it’s easy to operate and reliable.

During our tests in Bahrain, we achieved quite a lot of mileage,” said Perrin.

Little by little, we simplified the system: we started with something which was pretty complex but we ended up with a device that’s pretty straightforward.

That was important because the simpler it is, the easier it is to operate and to be reliable and efficient – It will definitely add something quite interesting to racing in GP2.