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Renault likely to ditch F-duct for Monza and Singapore

ESPNF1 Staff
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Renault used its F-duct for the first time at Spa © Sutton Images

Renault is considering removing its F-duct for the Italian Grand Prix despite being delighted with its performance at Spa Francorchamps last weekend.

On the face of it, the long straights of the Monza seem perfect for the straight-line speed boosting device. But the ultra-low downforce nature of the circuit means a lighter, sleeker and more efficient rear wing and engine cover might prove the better option.

ESPNF1 understands that McLaren, which pioneered the technology at the start of the season, will take both an F-duct and non-F-duct top body for its car to Monza and make a decision at the circuit. It is likely that Renault, which only introduced its system at Spa, will do the same.

"Monza will be quite a tricky race," Robert Kubica said after finishing on the podium at Spa. "It is a completely different downforce level track and I most probably will not have the F-duct there."

The Pole also said the F-duct will probably not be fitted to the car for the subsequent Singapore Grand Prix - most likely because the street circuit does not feature enough straights.

"Singapore should be a good one for us," said Kubica. "It is good track for us but most probably we won't have the F-duct there unfortunately."