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Lotus unlikely to race double DRS according to James Allison

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October 31, 2012 9:08 AM

sodesu. at least they are trying innovations! and also, their attempts (initially with reasonable results) prompted others to speed up a development in those areas. dont forget, the drd of lotus prompted rbr to go along a similar route, but with more success. nobody copied mercs attempt.


October 31, 2012 9:46 AM


The problem for them is that by prompting others to speed up development it has left them further behind. Next year they won't be able to use it so they may as well stop development.


October 31, 2012 10:48 AM

objective. as blzbub says, the merc original system, that fed the front wing, is outlawed next year, but the merc/lotus/rbr rear wing system is CURRENTLY not banned for 2013. however both lotus and now merc are querying its effectiveness, with merc saying that they are unlikely to use the passive system even next year. only rbr have perfected a system, which is NOT a passive system, (but it could fall foul of the ban for next year, as the rule will state that the drs can only be used for ONE purpose, and that is the mechanical movement of the flap.)
in effect, there are currently THREE systems in use.
1 merc bleed hole to front wing
2 merc and lotus passive system...speed sensitive
3 rbr bleed hole acting on rear beam wing.
it would not surprise me to see the fia banning even the passive system for next year.

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