FIA to encourage even more overtaking at the Canadian Grand Prix

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Formula One's governing body, FIA, have confirmed that a third DRS zone will be implemented at the Canadian Grand Prix.

F1 bosses are eager to explore new opportunities to enhance the franchise in order to improve the races as a whole.

And ahead of Sunday's race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, an extra DRS zone will be implemented in between Turns seven and eight during the race weekend, according to Motorsport.

The FIA hope that the introduction of a third DRS zone will further boost overtaking at the Grand Prix, in a bit to generate more excitement throughout the race in the North American country.

The added DRS system won't affect the existing zones, which will run from Turns 12 to 13 on the pit straight.

The Canadian Grand Prix will be the second time this season that a third DRS zone has been used to increase overtaking in Formula One.

A third DRS zone was also added ahead of the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne's Albert Park at the beginning of the 2018 season and the powers that be in the motorsport franchise are keen to explore the effect it has on other circuits.

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FIA race director, Charlie Whiting, has indicated that a further increase in DRS zones could possibly be an idea that could appeal to them in the future.

Whiting said: "It was just to offer something else. We will try and do something more effective at other tracks where there's more opportunity to do that," per Motorsport.

“What we attempt to do is look at how effective the DRS is at each circuit and then we try to tune it in order that you have to be within four-tenths [of a second] of the car in front to make it work.

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“Four-tenths is quite a difficult gap to get to. If you can get that and you’ve got the length of straight, you should be alongside by the time you get to the braking point. That’s how we do it now. If we can do it with shorter straights it’s going to work on more tracks.”

Lewis Hamilton will look to make it back-to-back Canadian Grand Prix wins, having finished top of the podium last year. His record down the years is mightily impressive too, picking up six wins and has only failed to qualify behind the front row once.

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