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Sauber considers removing F-duct for Monza

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sauber is the latest team to consider removing its F-duct © Sutton Images

Sauber is considering removing its F-duct for the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix, despite the suspected advantages of utilising the device on circuits with long straights.

The team's decision could be influenced by McLaren's assessment that a conventional setup could be a more competitive option, with simulations showing more of an advantage in terms of weight loss and aerodynamic efficiency without the F-duct at Monza.

"We will have the option to take off the F-duct," Sauber technical director James Key told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. "We will only make the final decision at the track."

Other teams are also considering their F-duct options. Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali hinted that the F10 will still be running the device at Monza but Renault, who utilised it to such good effect at Belgium, may also take it off.

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

Key added that Sauber's future looks bright with the team already starting work on its 2011 car.

"There are some areas of the regulations that are not yet 100 per cent clear, such as the functionality of the [adjustable] rear wing. But there is already enough for the teams to move forward with the development for next year.

"The direction is positive. With the improvement of the car, we have shown what we are capable of. If we can maintain that, I expect a further step forward next year. I am planning for the long term with Sauber."