Lotus has decided to postpone the debut of its Double DRS – also jokingly known as ‘the Device’ – until the next race at Monza.
Although it was tried again in FP1 today, after being used by Kimi Raikkonen on Friday in Hungary and Germany, it was decided that the team did not gain enough experience with it. In other words there was too much risk in committing to use it on Saturday. Neither Lotus driver ran at all in FP2 today.
“The forecast for the next two days is for dry and warmer weather,” said technical director James Allison. “So running today was not very useful in terms of preparing for qualifying or the race. Today’s rain also prevented us from seeing how the ‘Device’ would perform in the expected race conditions.
“With discretion being the better part of valour we will conduct P3 tomorrow with a conventional aero package rather than attempting to squeeze Friday’s intended evaluation into the precious final practice session. On the plus side we learned today that the cars are working fine and we’re happy to end the day with no damage from running in these difficult conditions.”