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Brawn underplay Mercedes new DRS-activated F-duct progress

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Mercedes GP team boss Ross Brawn talks down benefit of the new car DRS-activated F-duct. Primary pictures of the new innovative design in action come out on Friday free Practice.

Autosport learned new innovative concept and they are explained that – “It has been suggested that when the slot is open, air is fed through the inside of the endplate and into the hollow main plane, before emerging out of the central section of the wing where it helps stall the wing for a straight line speed boost. Amid intense focus from the media and rival teams about what exactly Mercedes is up to with its rear wing, Brawn was keen on Friday to suggest that the F-duct concept was not the golden ticket for his team.”

“We have an interesting system on the car and it’s not complicated at all, so I’m sure other teams are looking at it and they need to decide if it’s worthwhile or not,” Brawn told Autosport, who played down any talk that the it could be as vital as the double diffuser that rival teams protested back in 2009.

“It’s not in the same magnitude as the diffuser concept that we had or even the exhaust concepts the cars ran the last few years. It’s obviously helpful: that’s why we’re doing it but it’s not a massive performance gain.”

“I can tell you it’s great for F1, because for me the magic of F1 is not just the drivers – it’s the technology, the engineering, the innovation, the stories that fill the web pages and the media,” he said.


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