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Red Bull testing passive DRS on second day at Barcelona

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Following the RB9 launch, the Champion’s technical chief Adrian Newey says that Red Bull prepared to use a passive DRS-style device during the 2013 F1, even as the design guru admitted it was hard to make such a system effective.

According to Autosport, youngest triple time world champion Sebastian Vettel examines the device on the second day of testing at Barcelona.

Mercedes, Lotus and Sauber have all test this device so far, but not declared they will use this complicated concept on first race at Australia.

“It’s for sure an interesting area, it’s also very tricky to have a system that’s reliable, that withstands following another car without being triggered at moments that would be embarrassing, and to make it a positive gain on balance over the weekend. None of those things are straightforward.” Newey said at the launch of the RB9.

James Allison, Lotus F1 technical director says that need more at ease with the system it is trying, however still not confirms use this on Melbourne.

“It’s a very difficult thing to get right; it’s a passive device, so the strength of the switch isn’t very high. James Allison said

“It’s a case of making the switch clean, repeatable, and strong enough to trip the wing. But you also want a wing that is able to be nice and robust when not being tripped. It’s a very delicate see-saw to keep it balanced.”

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