Mercedes F1 May Give Up on Double-DRS in 2013

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The Mercedes F1 has announced that it is pondering the idea of giving up the use of the Double-DRS system, citing difficulties in getting it to work properly, as the main reason for the decision. While they do have the system, and have spent some time developing it, they only seem to use it in the Friday practice sessions, yet they have clearly announced that they will not be using the system for the remainder of the season.
Another reason for the decision is the fact that even if they do get the system to work properly, the speed gains it gives are less than what was first expected. Team boss Ross Braw said about the system: "It is quite acute, and quite difficult to provide an overall performance gain [. . .] Obviously having that sort of device in the middle of the rear wing means you lose some overall performance which you hope to get back with the benefits that come from the device, but at the moment it is pretty neutral to be honest [. . .] We will carry on with it, and it is not costing us much in terms of track time because we run it for a few laps to get the data on a Friday morning [. . .] Whether it will see the light of day in anger, I don't know."

Despite being touted as a new, high-tech and innovative way to give the cars a slight boost, it turns out that while it may be useful, it’s not as useful as first thought.

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