Lotus has revealed that it won't race with the new aerodynamic device that was fitted to Kimi Raikkonen's car in Friday practice at Hockenheim.
The new part, thought to be similar to the Mercedes double DRS, was given its debut by Raikkonen in the Friday sessions in Germany, although the team was unable to learn too much about its performance due to the challenging weather conditions that drivers faced on track.
While there was plenty of interest in the new part, Lotus has confirmed that it won't run the part for the German Grand Prix although it is set to be tested further in Hungary next week.
“We saw a tricky first session with track conditions changing a lot due to intermittent rain, which didn't aid the learning process regarding our new parts,” trackside operations director Alan Permane said after the Friday running. “The afternoon was far more productive as the wet conditions were reasonably consistent. We looked at both the intermediate and wet tyres in the second session to give us some good data if qualifying or the race are run in similar conditions, and also assessed a variety of set-ups and tyre pressures.
“Both cars ran with aero updates, which were rather more visible on one car than the other. We've seen encouraging signs from our latest prototype concept and although we won't race it here, it's likely to make another appearance during practice in Budapest.”