Ferrari will run and evaluate its version of the ‘F-duct’ concept in tomorrow’s opening practice sessions for the Chinese Grand Prix as it aims to close the straight-line speed advantage currently possessed by McLaren.

The device pioneered by McLaren – and so far, only copied by Sauber – works by the driver closing off a valve in the cockpit to help ‘stall’ the rear wing, thereby providing a boost to the top speed of the car.

Ferrari sources have confirmed that the team will evaluate such a concept on Fernando Alonso’s F10 during Friday’s free practice sessions at Shanghai.

Ferrari Rear Wing Detail

Details are not yet known as to how the device is incorporated into the F10, nor if the concept is actually race-ready.

How quickly will other teams follow suit and get their versions rolled out?

[Original image via GP Update]

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