No Lotus Double DRS until Japan
5 September 2012 – Lotus will not be racing their ‘Double DRS’ until the Japanese Grand Prix at the earliest. On reflection, the Spa weather of Friday comes as a major blow for the Enstone-based team which could have won the Belgian Grand Prix had the part been in use.
Because of the weather in Belgium, Lotus was not able to test the device and was forced to put it aside for the weekend. The concept works in similar fashion to the f-ducts which sprouted up in 2010 and functions without moving parts or driver operation, meaning it is fully legal. It also works regardless of whether the DRS flap is open.
“Although we would like to have it at Monza — because it is the type of circuit that rewards such a thing — we don’t have the DRS device configured to cope with the Monza level of downforce,” explains James Allison, Technical Director for Lotus.
“So it is not even on the table. In Singapore you won’t see it either, because it’s too high a downforce circuit with insufficient straights for it to be worthwhile. The earliest you might see it now is Suzuka.”
Having collected his third consecutive podium finish on Sunday, Kimi Räikkönen has moved back ahead of Lewis Hamilton for fourth place in the Drivers’ Championship. The Finn’s team-mate for Monza is Jérôme d’Ambrosio, as Romain Grosjean has received a one-race ban for causing the multiple car collision at La Source.