Connect with us


Teams consider introducing Mercedes-style DDRS



The F1 teams thinking to introduce Double DRS it’s a similar system of Mercedes GP. Recently FIA approved the Mercedes GP’s DDRS, now the team consider introduce this system.

The Double DRS gives more qualifying speed and Mercedes GP proved DDRS performance with Rosberg victory at Chinese Grand Prix.

Mercedes GP’s innovative device progress top speed by stalling the front wing when the DRS is activated, given that a specific gain in qualifying when DRS use is unrestricted.

Lotus complaint the DDRS, which works by channelling, air from bay in the rear wing endplates to the car’s front wing, but had its argument discarded by the FIA at the Chinese GP.

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team technical director Paddy Lowe said one main consideration is that the DDRS has limited use in the race.

“In these days of really very limited capacity – whether that’s people or time in wind tunnels – to develop aerodynamics, you do have to carefully select where you put your effort to make the most profit in performance, so this will fall into that camp,” Lowe said.

“We have to decide how much we can get from it, how it ranks compared to other areas we may work on. It does have the immediate downside that it really is only a qualifying benefit as far as we can see, so immediately it has to earn quite a lot to make that worthwhile.”

Ferrari now considers develops the innovative DDRS for F2012 and they are currently has several problems to solve with 2012 car.

“We’ve been looking at it for a while,” he said. “I think it’s just a case of weighing up what the performance is on our car. It’s bound to vary differently from car to car and particularly if you’ve had that system in mind and developed your car to work around it, you’re further up the development curve.

“It’s not just a case of applying it to our current aerodynamic characteristic, it’s then trying to exploit it further after that, so I expect there will be a two-fold thing: we will know instantly – or we know instantly – what it’s worth in terms of lap time and we can weigh that up in the cost performance and the effort needed. And then we also need to look at what’s the ultimate potential of that device. We’ve been looking at it for a month or two. Now it’s clear we can at least start working for sure, weighing up everything properly.”

Lotus technical director James Allison led the failed protest, but after the FIA ruling he admitted the rest of the paddock would have to consider introducing a similar system.

“Well they’ll certainly need to decide whether or not the opportunity-cost of doing that system is higher than developing the things they had in mind otherwise. And that’s exactly the same choice we’ll face in our team.”

Sauber has made a powerful start to the season, is not likely to throw its resources at the system.

“We’re looking into the system to try and assess it fully, to work out the lap time, or qualifying lap time gain, versus costs,” chief designer Matt Morris said. “I think at the moment for us it doesn’t balance out. We’re probably better off spending our money on more conventional lap time.”

All material and photos are copyrighted material and owned by their respective owners. Use or depiction of images or trademarks throughout this website is for illustrative and editorial purposes only.Images come courtesy of;,, Sahara,,, Caterham F1, toyota, Sauber, williamsf1, lotus, Marussia, HRT,, getty Images/LAT and AP Photos.

Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2018 F122 mins ago

Leclerc ready to jump at Ferrari race seat for 2019 F1

Charles Leclerc says he will not turn down the opportunity to drive for Ferrari in 2019. Some believe the Monaco-born...

2018 F13 hours ago

Lance Stroll not denying Force India move for 2019 F1

1ShareLance Stroll is being linked with a move to Force India. The Canadian has sounded frustrated with Williams’ situation recently,...

2018 F13 hours ago

Red Bull’s title chances dwindling – Verstappen

1ShareMax Verstappen admits Red Bull has taken a step backwards in its outside bid for the 2018 title. And he...

2018 F112 hours ago

Leclerc to Ferrari, Raikkonen to Sauber for 2019 F1

71SharesSauber F1 team chief Fred Vasseur has not ruled out the proposal that a swap deal with Ferrari that would...

2018 F118 hours ago

Verstappen beats Hamilton to top spot in German GP practice

1ShareMax Verstappen was fastest in second practice in German Grand Prix, the Dutchman kept Red Bull Racing’s striking form at...

2018 F123 hours ago

Practice 1 Results: German Grand Prix

73Shares2018 German Grand Prix Practice 1 Results (FP1): First free practice results and Timings (FP1) for the eleventh round of...

2018 F11 day ago

Bottas signed, Mercedes completed its driver line-up for 2019

242SharesValtteri Bottas has signed a new one-year contract extension with Mercedes, his team Mercedes have officially announced. It follows Mercedes...

2018 F11 day ago

We are not negotiating with Kubica – Haas F1

1ShareGunther Steiner has rejected speculation Haas might sign up Robert Kubica for 2019. Pole Kubica is the reserve driver at...

2018 F11 day ago

The F1 Silly Season: Who will be driving where for 2019 F1?

4SharesWith the German Grand Prix spotted the midway point in the 2018 Formula 1 Season, it now feels like the...

2018 F12 days ago

F1 should be a dictatorship – Berger

11SharesFormula one needs to return to its days as a dictatorship. That is the view of Gerhard Berger, the F1...

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media