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21 Mar 2014

Lotus, like the rest of the Renault teams arrived in Melbourne on the back foot, with powerunit issues the predominant reason behind their pre-season issues. Lotus having missed the first test in Jerez however have even less testing mileage under their belts and so would really be using Australia as a stepping stone in terms of launching their campaign.


The rear wing has been amended with the inclusion of 4 strakes on the endplate, having been used on it's predecessor it's no surprise to see them added. This time though the strakes are deliberately much larger and look to make use of the airflow dissipated by the tyres and other surrounding airflow structures. The strakes help manage the direction of the airflow and will assist in creating upwash, a desired effect that'll help to create an aerodynamic link between the diffuser and rear wing planes which has been reduced this season with the loss of the beam wing.
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