It would appear that Mercedes GP still hasn’t got the concept of the ‘F-duct’ completely sorted yet…

The former Brawn outfit stated its intentions to debut an ‘F-duct’ rear wing treatment at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, after trialling an initial iteration of the concept at the last round in China.

As distinct from McLaren’s version, this was not driver-operated, with air instead being ‘flicked’ through a slot gap in the W01’s rear wing.

Team boss Ross Brawn touted the team’s design of the system and said he was hoping it would be fully launched by the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix.

However, Bild am Sonntag is now reporting that the team’s final solution won’t be ready in time for the Circuit de Catalunya.

With there being little point in running the device at the following round in Monaco, it seems that the soonest we can expect to see Mercedes GP’s version of the ‘F-duct’ will be the subsequent Turkish Grand Prix.

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