Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013

Sauber “tempted” to race passive DRS, Lotus aren’t

2013 Belgian Grand Prix

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Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013Lotus and Sauber had different conclusions after testing their passive DRS devices during practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Sauber’s head of track engineering Tom McCullough admitted they were “tempted” to keep their version of the device on the car:

“Today we performed a lot of tests on some new parts and the system performed actually better than we were expecting,” he said.

“It’s still not at the stage we think we’re going to race it even though we are pretty tempted at the moment so there’s plenty of engineers looking at a lot of data and we’ll make that decision later on tomorrow.”

However Lotus technical director Nick Chester said they were unlikely to race their Drag Reduction Device this weekend, despite having run it previously this year and targeted using it at Spa.

“We didn’t have a full dry session we couldn’t get the normal feedback we would like on it and all the measurements we would like,” he said. “So it just left us a little nervous after P1 that we didn’t want to go into the rest of the weekend with something that may give us a problem.”

“Particularly when the car’s already pretty competitive and we don’t want to risk having a problem in P3 or qualifying with it.”

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11 comments on “Sauber “tempted” to race passive DRS, Lotus aren’t”

  1. No wonder they have no money, when they’re spending it on device, which they’ll never use.

    1. All teams make parts that don’t get raced. Lotus aren’t special in that respect.

    2. To be honest, the device probably cost less so far than another iteration of the front wing (and they bring new ones more or less each race now)

  2. Sauber is so much of the pace this season, they should take a risk and use it IMO

    1. Agreed. They are already not scoring (almost) any points. They don’t hace that much to lose.

    2. Yeah, I think they should take a bit of a gamble, its not as if they would lose a lot if it did not pay off.

    3. @paeschli

      Problem with spa is corners like Eau Rouge, Pouhon and Blanchimont where because of the high speeds it might activate accidentally. I just hope they are careful with it because I think it’s quite possibly very dangerous if they get it wrong.

      1. Anybody knows if they tried it or not? :)

  3. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    24th August 2013, 2:41

    This whole drag reduction device just seems like too much bother for too little reward.

  4. What a useless device.

  5. Well Mercedes has it !

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