Lotus set to use DRD again in Belgium
20 August 2013 – Lotus has revealed that it is planning to re-evaluate its Drag Reduction Device (DRD) during this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, with the flowing, high speed nature of the circuit lending itself to the team's passive concept.
Having been tested throughout the 2012 campaign, the device finally made its race debut on Kimi Räikkönen's car at this year's British Grand Prix, but the outfit struggled to find an optimal working window and chose not to run it for the following two races.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's race, Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane says a final decision has not been made, but the device is likely to be trialled again.
"Absolutely," said Permane. "We haven’t made a final decision yet as to whether it will be deployed, but we’ve been conducting a lot of simulation work with the concept to help clarify that decision and there’s a good chance we’ll see it make an appearance."
Permane added that the DRD returns with a number of mechanical and aerodynamic developments, parts he anticipates will yield significant performance for the team.
"The advantage we have with Spa being so close geographically is that we can be working on the cars back at [the factory in] Enstone right up until Tuesday night before the race, and still have sufficient time to get them to the circuit ready for work on Thursday morning," Permane said. "We’ve got several updates coming up – both mechanical and aerodynamic – so we’re confident of making another step forward."
Lotus enters the Belgian Grand Prix weekend fourth in the Constructors' standings.