Arguably the greatest and most famous section of track in the whole of Formula 1 will be denied the chance of extra drama this coming wseekend.
Eau Rouge at Spa-Francorchamps comes in the middle of the fastest part of the high-speed circuit and had seemed like a natural location for the DRS (Drag Reduction System) to be employed. However, that possibility has been torpedoed by the FIA on safety grounds.
Cars already scorch thorugh at around 200mph and the added speed carried accumulated by opening the rear wing is seen as unnecessarily hazardous by the sports governing body. There is also concern that allowing DRS to be activated on a corner could lead to a loss of control of the car with the DRS zones having been the preserve of long straights or sweeping bends on other circuits.
With forces of 5G exerted on the drivers when negotiating the exhilirating section, the FIA believe that adding a further complication to an already perilous corner would be negligent.