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McLaren working on double DRS

ESPN Staff
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McLaren is considering introducing its own version of the double DRS © Sutton Images

McLaren is currently developing its own double DRS device but has not yet decided when or whether it will hit the track this season.

Mercedes has been running a double DRS since the start of the year that stalls the front wing and boosts straight-line speed when the DRS is open. The system works in a similar way to the F-ducts first introduced by McLaren in 2010, by channelling air to certain parts of the car to alter its aerodynamics.

At recent races Lotus has tested its own double DRS concept in Friday practice and McLaren's Sam Michael has now revealed to Autosport that his team has been working on one too.

"It's not like the Lotus one, but we have got a system like that," he told Autosport. "As for the chances of us bringing it, I don't know yet. We will look at all the programmes and see if it is feasible, because it requires work and it detracts from normal upgrades as well.

"So it is quite difficult to make the system work, as Lotus are discovering. But like anything in the pit lane, if we see a new idea then the guys jump on it, they analyse it and, if we decide that it will be a benefit to the team, then we will bring it."