Sauber undecided on copying Mercedes F-duct

By on Friday, March 30, 2012

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Sauber has revealed it cannot afford to simply jump in and copy Mercedes' innovative F-duct solution.

The small Swiss team had almost winning race pace in Malaysia last weekend even without the extra straight-line speed that would be provided by a system along the lines of Mercedes' DRS-complimenting concept.

Despite their complaints about the legality of the system, there is little doubt the big-budget teams will be working frantically to emulate the Mercedes' concept, which to date has the blessing of the FIA.

According to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, however, it will be a different story for the smaller teams.

"If we started now with a blank sheet of paper, we would be ready in two months," said Sauber's chief designer Matt Morris.

"But it would really add up. We have to ask ourselves whether it's worth it for us, or whether we would be better off chasing the laptime with more conventional steps.

"On the other hand the big teams can handle a development like that in parallel to their normal programmes," he added.

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