Lotus will not run with passive DRS at the Belgian Grand Prix confirms Nick Chester
Technical Director says lack of dry running to blame
By William Esler. Last Updated: August 23, 2013 6:02pm
Lotus will not run their passive DRS device during qualifying or the race at Spa-Francorchamps, Technical Director Nick Chester confirmed on Friday.
The team have been experimenting with what they refer to as 'the device' for over a year now but, an appearance in the British GP aside, they have yet to get it to run consistently and predictably.
Lotus tested the device during Practice One in Belgium, but it was removed from the cars for the afternoon session and the team have now cited a lack of dry running for their decision.
"We are still trying to develop very hard to give ourselves a very competitive run to the end of the year," Chester said in the FIA Press Conference.
"The passive Drag Reduction System we have been experimenting on for a while. We targeted it for Spa and ran it during P1 and learnt some more with it. I don't think we are going to carry on with it through this weekend because we didn't really get enough dry running to get what we wanted in P1."
Chester also confirmed the team would continue to bring updates to the car over the coming races, including a long-wheelbase car for Monza.
"But then we are targeting this strong development to the end of the year and the long-wheelbase car for Monza is part of that," he added.
"So we are going to keep developing and have parts planned for Singapore and Korea as well."
The Enstone team's financial situation is well documented and thus they have to strike a fine line between developing their current car and also working on their 2014 challenger.
Lotus started to design next year's car in 2012 and that is something Chester thinks will allow them to continue to challenge this season.
"We started the design very early - we have been designing the 2014 car for over 18 months," Chester confirmed.
"So that has given us a good head start and that in a way has meant we can develop the 2013 car longer into this season because we are in such a good shape with next year's car.
"It is going to be a very interesting year in 2014 - it is the biggest rule change I have seen since I have been in the sport. Trying to optimise the car around a very different powerplant and different cooling is quite a big challenge."