Lotus set to race debut ‘The Device’ at Belgian GP
24 August, 2012
Aug.24 (Apex) It is no secret that Lotus have been developing their own version of the Mercedes style double DRS (Drag Reduction System) for the E20′s driven by Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, which the team’s technical boss James Allison is dubbing ‘The Device’.
When asked fo the name of the new device, he added, “I rather like ‘The Device’ as it has a sort of Dr Strangelove appeal to it, but most people refer to it as DDRS.”
“A big focus has been getting ready for Monza which is immediately after Spa and requires a unique downforce package. It’s only one race but it requires a whole new set of wings and a disproportionate amount of work. We’ve also been focusing on ensuring that we have the capability to run the new device in Spa should we be confident enough to do so,” said Allison.
The double DRS has been tested only by Raikkonen, with Grosjean set to get a taste of ‘The Device’ this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps which should suit the pace setting Lotus E20.
Allison predicted, “If it’s a dry weekend Spa fits the category of circuit at which we are most confident, so all of us are excited to be going there. The team is impatient to be back at the track and racing the E20.”
Spa is notorious for producing rain during grand prix weekends; nevertheless Allison is confident, “If it’s a wet weekend it’s a much more open question; for all teams, not just for us. It frequently rains at Spa, so we have to be prepared for that possibility. We’ve had various wet experiences so far this season, with the inclement weather coming mainly in qualifying. At Spa, the nature of the corners and the loadings on the tyres should be sufficient to generate enough heat in the rubber, so we’re not unduly concerned. We would prefer a dry weekend, but we should be competitive whatever the weather.”
The Lotus E20 has been the revelation of 2012, but the team are not resting on their laurels as Allison explained, “We’ve structured our development of this year’s and next year’s cars differently to the last few seasons to leave us with more than double our traditional post-shutdown development on the current car. This late season freedom was paid for by having conducted a more intense development programme for next year’s car earlier on this year.”
“Hopefully this approach should pay dividends for the development of both cars. The E20 certainly hasn’t fallen behind relative to our opposition, and next year’s car is looking promising at this stage,” concluded Allison.
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