Lotus unable to run Double DRS at Spa
1 September 2012 – Lotus has shelved its innovative 'Double DRS' for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, having been unable to properly test the concept as Friday practice was washed out.
Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen in particular had been tipped by many for victory, both in Belgian and in Italy, as the tool – already trialled in Germany and Hungary and dubbed inside the team as ‘The Device’ – would have yielded huge straight-line speed advantages. Despite its absence, the E20 chassis is still expected to be rapid at Spa.
It effectively functions more like the f-duct which was innovated by McLaren two years ago, but does not require driver activation which would make it illegal under revised regulations.