July.07 – The Lotus-Renault GP team boss Eric Boullier says the FIA’s new ban on off-throttle blown diffusers will definitely affect every single team.
The mechanism, which pumps hot gasses from the exhaust into the diffuser even when the driver is off-throttle thereby growing a car’s downforce, has been stated illegal by the FIA as it changes the car’s aerodynamics characteristics. And although the ban is expected to affect everyone, most believe it is Red Bull and Renault who will be hit the hardest.
Eric, though, believes his team can and will adapt to the ban.
“It’s a complicated issue and difficult to state their exact impact just yet,” he said. “What’s certain is that we need to anticipate the changes to the regulations in the best way we can.
“It will definitely affect every single team, and it’s up to us and our engineers to cope better than our competitors with the changes.”
Renault GP team boss also insist on his team to put their heads down and work harder as, after a flying start to the Championship, the team has failed to make it back onto the podium in the last six grands prix.
“My feelings are quite mixed; we had a very strong start to the season with a couple of podiums, but obviously we have now had a few races where we haven’t performed as well as we need to. We know we have to react well; we think we have a clear understanding of what may have gone wrong and we’ve started to correct it. If our car was so good at the beginning of the season, we must be able to get that level of performance back for the remaining 11 races.
“Now is a good time to really, really push and comprehend why we haven’t been able to keep our pace relative to the other teams on the grid.”
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