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Renault To Introduce F-Duct At Spa

Renault’s team principal Eric Boullier has announced that the team will be running an F-Duct system on their car at the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August.

The team had been concentrating previously on increasing downforce on their car, which is driven this season by Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov.  The F-Duct project had taken a back seat but as preparations for its introduction to the R30 are almost complete, we will see it for the first time at Spa.

“We have a two-step F-duct coming,” Boullier said. “It depends on the schedule, Budapest is a high downforce track so we don’t need to have it for that. Maybe we’ll get it before, or very likely right after.”

Meanwhile chief technical director Alan Permane told Autosport Magazine

“We’ve concentrated on other bits and bobs and put an awful lot of downforce on the car, so I still think it was the right strategic decision to not do one immediately like the other teams did,”

“We should be fighting with the Ferraris and Mercedes,” he said. “Realistically we’re just at the back of that group at the moment. We had edged ahead of Mercedes but they’ve done a very good job – they were very quick at Silverstone and they’re ahead of us again now.

“We need a little bit more and when we get our F-duct online that should help. That won’t be for another couple of races, but that’s all we’re missing compared to other people.”

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