Ross Brawn has admitted that Mercedes GP’s iteration of the ‘F-duct’ still needs a little more work since introducing it at the Chinese Grand Prix.
The team boss admitted that the W01’s ‘F-duct’ still generates too much drag on the straights, which is something the team hopes it can sort in the lead-up to next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, where top speed is vital to be competitive.
The opening laps gave a true indication of the deficit that the works team has to its customer rivals, McLaren. Despite passing Jenson Button in the opening sequence of corners on the first lap of the Turkish Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher was passed by the rival McLaren as though he was standing still on the back straight, despite both cars being equipped with their own versions of the same ‘F-duct’ concept.
“When you get the F-duct working properly you have both. You have the downforce in the corners and then turn drag off on the straight. At the moment we are not turning off enough drag on the straight," said Brawn following the Turkish Grand Prix.
“McLaren were clever enough to come up with the concept and have a lot more experience of it. You are seeing certain teams abandoned in Turkey and when it works properly it is a very, very powerful tool – and we are persevering with it.
“[It is] not giving us the full benefit yet. We have the right compromise with what we have. We will be a little bit vulnerable with straight-line speed but best compromise for that time and consistency on tyres."
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