F1 » Lotus targets Ferrari on F1 run-in

After three tough races on the bounce, Lotus technical director James Allison is hoping for better from Suzuka.

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Sri - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 12:30 PM

Regarding DDRS, why did they not use it in races till now on the second car? Of course I understand they also need base-line solution to compare with. That could have been acquired in practice sessions also. Many teams do introduce new parts only on one car first as a study. Lotus missed that trick. They should begin to see themselves as Championship contenders rather than a mid-field team - habits do not change easily. Kimi should be more forceful in bringing this attitude change in the team - but he is not of that type.

Droog - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 1:21 PM

I'm a little stumped on that myself. They started farting around with it in FP1 back in Silverstone (or was it Hockenheim..) and granted that they got washed out a few times during the tests, but you have to figure that even the straight line aero testing that could be done in the wet, combined with wind tunnel data, should have made it possible to try to run it at least in FP1 at Spa and Monza. And from all the talk, it sounded like Monza was the perfect venue to try to run it, but they didn't even bring it to the track.
So the only conclusion I can come to is that it's been proven to be unworkable and they just keep talking about it to keep some kind of Lotus buzz going.
Hope they prove me wrong, would love to see Kimi on the top step.


October 03, 2012 6:10 PM

So now it looks/sounds like they have abandoned the hope that KR can win the driver's championship (a pity after all that talk), it now looks/sounds like they are aiming for third best then, we on here and me in particular am supposed to be watching all the others trying to catch up with the speed of their car (al la Red Bull last year), at least that was what I was given to believe by their pumped up talk of what to expect from their car, so now we are to wait for Japan (this week end) and if it turns out to be more of the same they will then tell us to wait for the next race.


October 03, 2012 6:13 PM

"it sounded like Monza was the perfect venue to try to run it, but they didn't even bring it to the track."

The rear wing they use at Monza is too small and completely different than on the other tracks. That's why they didn't use DDRS there.


October 03, 2012 7:01 PM

They didn't use it (the thing) at Monza becaouse they wasn't ready to use it, they didn't use it in Singapor becaouse they wasn't ready to use it like they wasn't ready to use it in Belgum, now we will see if they are ready to use it this weekend.


October 03, 2012 7:05 PM

droog. the ddrs that lotus was suggesting, causes the wing to stall at high speed. as both monza and spa had highspeed corners, the cars would not have adequate downforce to get around the corners!

i believe that such a device, in its present form , would be dangerous except on a tight street circuit. the merc system could also have the same problem.

it would not surprise me if fia, in the interests of safety, found a way to outlaw these. must say, i would agree with them.

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