Force India Will Debut F-Duct in Turkey

Not only Ferrari and Mercedes GP will debut their brand new versions of the F-duct system in Turkey, but also Force India Mercedes. Italian racer Vitantonio Liuzzi confirmed it on Thursday, saying that his team tested the device in the aerodynamic tunnel in recent weeks and are ready to implement it on the VJM03 from as early as the Friday practice sessions.

We are really optimistic about it. You can never know. It might change tomorrow, but the team has done a big work in the wind tunnel for the last two weeks to test it and it seemed to work pretty well,” said Liuzzi in a preview of this weekend's race at Istanbul Park.

Tomorrow we'll get the confirmation because on track you never know, but we are pretty optimistic that it should be spot on,” added the Italian driver, who hasn't mentioned whether Force India will continue using the device in qualifying and race also, or simply decide on this following its behavior on Friday.

According to Liuzzi, Force India's system is rather similar to Ferrari's first version of it, debuted in the Spanish Grand Prix, when the drivers needed to take one of their hands off the wheel in order to block the airflow through to the rear of the car. However, the Silverstone based team found a solution for the drivers' hands to stay on the steering wheel at all times, having to move only their wrist in order to trigger the device.

We made a simple system with the wrist so we don't have to take the hand off the steering wheel. We tried with many positions and I think that's the easiest one to make it work and also the most comfortable one,” added Liuzzi.

That makes Red Bull Racing the only team still to announce the official debut of their F-duct system. Despite lacking the device, the RB6 is still the winningest car this season, and it may be that the Milton Keynes based team will take longer to develop an effective device to integrate into their car's design. On the other hand, there are some reports suggesting that the RB6 will feature a preliminary F-duct in Turkey, but the news is yet to be confirmed by the team's officials.
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