Ferrari has confirmed it won’t use its F-duct (which it calls a blown rear wing) in this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The teams says there is little benefit to be had from running it around the slow, twisty Monte-Carlo circuit:
From the technical point of view, the two F10 cars were prepared at the Catalunya Circuit after the Spanish Grand Prix and the only change in terms of specification is that they will not be fitted with the blown rear wing, used for the first time in Barcelona, as the low speed Monaco circuit means the system has no great value, as maximum downforce is required at all times.
In-car footage at the Spanish Grand Prix showed their version of the device is hand-operated. At times Fernando Alonso was seen to have no hands on the wheel as he operated the F-duct with one hand and adjusted settings on the steering wheel with the other.
You have to wonder whether this also influenced Ferrari’s decision not to use the device. Taking both hands of the wheel may be possible at the Circuit de Catalunya but in the narrow confines of Monte-Carlo it would be a far greater risk.
Let’s see if McLaren, whose F-duct is knee- rather than hand-operated and probably less distrcting for the driver to use, run their device this weekend.
Ferrari also echoed Martin Whitmarsh’s concerns about traffic in Monte-Carlo:
This race has always been described as a lottery and it will be even more of a truism this weekend, given that on a track that barely seemed to have room to accommodate twenty cars, it now has to find space for twenty four. Q1 on Saturday afternoon will be really problematic in terms of traffic.
And in the race, although you can plan your pit stop strategy around the traffic, if a driver gets caught behind slower cars, it will ruin his race, especially when considering how early the backmarkers will start to be lapped, which in Barcelona was a factor as early as the 14th lap.