Lotus to put Double DRS ‘device’ on hold

2012 Belgian Grand Prix Friday practice analysis

Today’s washout during practice means there’s little useful data to look at.

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012However the limited running done during the two wet sessions has had an effect on at least one of the team’s plans for this weekend.

Lotus technical director James Allison revealed they will not use their new Double DRS – referred to by the team as the ‘device’ – in the third practice session tomorrow. That means it is unlikely to be seen in the rest of the weekend.

“Today?s rain also prevented us from seeing how the ‘Device’ would perform in the expected race conditions.

“With discretion being the better part of valour we will conduct third practice tomorrow with a conventional aero package rather than attempting to squeeze Friday?s intended evaluation into the precious final practice session.”

Romain Grosjean said: “It?s a big shame we couldn?t do much running today as it was so wet. I was really looking forward to trying the famous ‘Device’ for the first time, but I guess I?ll have to wait.”

In very wet conditions some part of the track proved more treacherous than others, as Jenson Button explained: “For most of the lap, you?re not really pushing ?ǣ then, halfway down the Kemmel straight, it suddenly gets wetter.

“It?s a different type of asphalt, which doesn?t drain as well. As soon as you hit that, you feel the car slow down and then it starts to spin its wheels.”

Here’s some of the data from today’s two practice sessions:

Sector times and ultimate lap times – first practice

Car Driver Car Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3 Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 35.672 60.975 34.339 2’10.986 0.403
2 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 35.658 61.237 34.655 2’11.550 0.564 0.391
3 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 35.877 61.504 34.377 2’11.758 0.772 0.246
4 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 35.678 61.782 34.712 2’12.172 1.186 0.652
5 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 35.974 62.112 34.751 2’12.837 1.851 1.024
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 36.038 62.433 34.603 2’13.074 2.088 0.117
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 35.992 63.317 34.716 2’14.025 3.039 0.185
8 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 35.888 63.202 35.248 2’14.338 3.352 0.322
9 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 36.380 63.168 35.183 2’14.731 3.745 0.671
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 36.216 63.263 35.381 2’14.860 3.874 0.000
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 36.073 64.039 35.445 2’15.557 4.571 0.255
12 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 36.863 63.608 35.311 2’15.782 4.796 0.627
13 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 36.889 64.050 34.982 2’15.921 4.935 0.865
14 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 36.346 64.388 35.762 2’16.496 5.510 0.292
15 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 36.355 64.010 36.305 2’16.670 5.684 0.191
16 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 36.879 64.075 35.873 2’16.827 5.841 0.000
17 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 36.850 64.592 35.778 2’17.220 6.234 0.299
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 36.876 64.976 36.347 2’18.199 7.213 0.000
19 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 37.155 62.619 39.016 2’18.790 7.804 4.571
20 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 38.067 63.730 37.090 2’18.887 7.901 19.814
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 37.079 65.764 36.306 2’19.149 8.163 0.397
22 23 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 37.190 65.869 36.304 2’19.363 8.377 0.326
23 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 40.144 67.094 41.715 2’28.953 17.967 11.796

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 2’11.389 2’53.232 24
2 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 2’11.941 2’51.660 18
3 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’12.004 2’49.750 15
4 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2’12.824 2’58.232 18
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 2’13.191 13
6 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 2’13.861 3’12.901 20
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2’14.210 17
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 2’14.660 16
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2’14.860 15
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 2’15.402 17
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 2’15.812 2’51.333 14
12 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 2’16.409 2’52.076 20
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 2’16.786 2’59.125 15
14 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 2’16.788 16
15 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 2’16.827 7
16 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2’16.861 10
17 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 2’17.519 2’49.354 18
18 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 2’18.199 11
19 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 2’19.546 12
20 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 2’19.689 12
21 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 2’38.701 9
22 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2’40.749 2’50.497 7
23 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 2’46.580 9

Speed trap – first practice

# Driver Car Engine Max speed Gap
1 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 254.5
2 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari 252.9 1.6
3 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault 249.2 5.3
4 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 247.2 7.3
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 245.5 9
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 244.9 9.6
7 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham Renault 244.7 9.8
8 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 243.9 10.6
9 15 Sergio Perez Sauber Ferrari 243.4 11.1
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes Mercedes 236.8 17.7
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 234.8 19.7
12 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 233.8 20.7
13 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 232.1 22.4
14 24 Timo Glock Marussia Cosworth 231.5 23
15 3 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 230.3 24.2
16 25 Charles Pic Marussia Cosworth 229.3 25.2
17 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 229 25.5
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham Renault 227 27.5
19 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault 224.5 30
20 23 Dani Clos HRT Cosworth 220.2 34.3
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT Cosworth 219.2 35.3
22 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 218 36.5
23 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 202.5 52
24 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 176.4 78.1

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10 comments on Lotus to put Double DRS ‘device’ on hold

  1. Nick Jarvis (@nickj95gb) said on 31st August 2012, 18:26

    looking forward to seeing it at monza, really hoping Caterham have one secretly planned for that race, too :)

  2. caci99 (@caci99) said on 31st August 2012, 20:35

    Romain Grosjean said: “It’s a big shame we couldn’t do much running today as it was so wet. I was really looking forward to trying the famous ‘Device’ for the first time

    me too

    • xeroxpt (@) said on 31st August 2012, 21:37

      Has the “device” been used under racing conditions? I don’t think so, they were very organized they tried to test it early but this rainy conditions in recent practices has spoiled Lotus plans. Another thing that may spoil Lotus chances was Pirellis tyre allocation for the next GPs, I now understand their decision for SPA, nonetheless teams are threatening to go over the limits again which makes me believe, that they perhaps are lying to us, they chose harder tyres because Ferrari and most likely someone else likes them.

  3. William Graham (@sparkformula1) said on 31st August 2012, 21:54

    Very interesting looking at the lap times, but mostly the ‘deficit to best’ times. It would seem that for the most part (bar perhaps Alonso) the best drivers have the lowest deficit. Hamilton and Vettel have none, as does Heikki Kovalainen. I still think he’ll end up in that Ferrari seat.

    I’m sure it may be skewed by the fact not much running was done, and the other factors considering the conditions, but it’s interesting to note all the same.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 31st August 2012, 22:22

      I was thinking of writing a spoof comment complete with predicted race results such as we always see after 1st. practice, but I think your much subtler approach is better and I will leave it to you. :-)

  4. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 31st August 2012, 22:24

    Shame, but maybe they have other ways to cope with lower temps @ lotus

  5. BasCB (@bascb) said on 1st September 2012, 9:55

    Did anyone catch info on Mercedes having tested something quite similar to the Lotus device on their car during the Friday?

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