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GP Week : Issue 175
F1 >>> NEWS Team Lotus plans to run its latest version of the Coanda exhaust system in Austin this weekend. In spite of winning its first Grand Prix of the season at Yas Marina in a ‘conventional’ car, the team will run the latest version of the system in Practice, prior to assessing whether it will be in place on the cars of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in Texas. The team’s technical director James Allison said that the exhaust is part of an upgrade package that the team had planned for the E20 in the USA. “We are still experimenting with the latest evolution of our Coanda system,” he said. “This delivers the same downforce as the one we introduced in Korea and used in the Abu Dhabi race, but does not sap as much power from the engine. We trialled this evolution in Abu Dhabi, but opted to go for the known quantity of the Korea-spec. Now we have the young driver test behind us, we are confident that this evolution will assist with around an extra six horsepower for the last two races of the season. We also have a little aero upgrade to the front wing too. “Since we upgraded the car with the Coanda exhaust system in Korea, the E20’s actually been pretty decent. It maybe hasn’t looked that way in Korea and India as we were trapped behind other people, but the pace of the car in the races has been strong. In Abu Dhabi, Kimi was making very confident sounding noises before the race as he was happy with the car. What we needed was an adequate result from qualifying to give us half a chance, and then a good start. “We got both of those; Kimi did a cracking lap in qualifying, there was a bit of good fortune with Sebastian going to the back of the grid, then a bit more good fortune by [Mark] Webber having a poor start. It was the first race for a long time where we could run the car in free air near the front of the grid and – hey presto – we won the race.” Teams are expected to trim their cars in similar aerodynamic specification to the packages that they ran in Abu Dhabi. LOTUS BACK TO COANDA EDITOR: Adam Hay-Nicholls firstname.lastname@example.org ASSISTANT EDITOR: Kate Walker F1 ANALYST: Peter Windsor MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott email@example.com RALLY EDITOR: Martin Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org STAFF WRITER: Adam Leveridge PRODUCTION ARTIST: Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHY: Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Emily Davenport PUBLISHER: Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHED BY: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org n Adam Hay-Nicholls email@example.com n SE Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org .com WEEK 4 GPWEEK.com // 4 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: