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F1 NEWS 

Lotus to try new rear wing in the Singapore Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 2012Lotus will introduce a new rear wing for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix that should improve its DRS-performance.

As the Enstone-based outfit bids to get back to fighting for the podium, following a disappointing weekend in Italy, the team is confident that the high-downforce nature of Singapore will play better to its car strengths.

As part of a package of improvements it is bringing to the race, the new rear wing should allow it to produce maximum grip in the corners without compromising its straight-line performance when DRS is activated.

Technical director James Allison said: "We have a new floor and a new rear wing. The new rear wing operates at the same downforce level as our Monaco spec rear wing, but with a better DRS delta. This means that this wing has better DRS switching from its maximum drag to its reduced drag settings.

"We believe we've been able to produce a rear wing which is at the higher end of the downforce spectrum but still able to allow the lion's share of the DRS potential which is more difficult to achieve at high downforce levels. It will be interesting to see how it works on track."

The new wing is a separate development from Lotus' version of double-DRS, which is due to return to the track at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Team principal Eric Boullier said about the device not being used in Singapore: "It would not suit the track's characteristics. This system should be back in Japan. That said, we have a few upgrades scheduled for Singapore and they should bring some extra performance."

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