McLaren planning double DRS
Sam Michael says team evaulating development path
By William Esler. Last Updated: 05/08/12 3:52pm
McLaren have confirmed they are developing a double DRS similar to those already being run by Mercedes and tested by Lotus, despite the concept being banned after this season.
Mercedes pioneered the system at the start of the campaign, using tubing to channel air from the rear wing to the front of the car, stalling the front wing when DRS is activated, giving the car a straight-line speed advantage due to the reduced downforce.
Lotus have tested their own version of the system during practice at the German and Hungarian Grands Prix, which is believed to use a fluid switch to stall the rear wing when the car reaches a certain speed, thus giving a speed boost even when DRS is not activated.
McLaren Sporting Director Sam Michael confirmed that the team have plans in place to create their own and are now debating the system's benefits before diverting resources into producing it.
"It's not like the Lotus one, but we have got a system like that," Michael told Autosport.
"As for the chances of us bringing it, I don't know yet.
"We will look at all the programmes and see if it is feasible, because it requires work and it detracts from normal upgrades as well. So it is quite difficult to make the system work, as Lotus are discovering.
"But like anything in the pit lane, if we see a new idea then the guys jump on it, they analyse it and, if we decide that it will be a benefit to the team, then we will bring it in.
"There is possibly the question of a wasted resource on it.
"As for Lotus, they are damn quick already, and if they add that then they will be even quicker."