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06/06/10
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'Merc's F-duct not yet working properly'
Ross Brawn has revealed that Mercedes GP still have some way to go on their F-duct system, admitting they are not getting the "full benefit" from it.

Mercedes GP first used the system, which was introduced into Formula One by McLaren giving the Woking team a clear straightline speed advantage, at the Chinese GP. Since then they have continued to develop it in the hope of closing the gap to McLaren, however, Brawn admits they are still lacking in speed as they are getting too much drag down the straights.

"I think when you get the F-duct working properly you have both," the Mercedes GP team boss told Autosport.

"You have the downforce in the corners and then turn drag off on the straight. At the moment we are not turning off enough drag on the straight.

"As we said before, McLaren were clever enough to come up with the concept and have a lot more experience of it.

"You are seeing certain teams abandoned in Turkey and when it works properly it is a very, very powerful tool - and we are persevering with it.

"It works in a certain way with it, but not giving us the full benefit yet. We have the right compromise with what we have. "We will be a little bit vulnerable with straightline speed but best compromise for that time and consistency on tires." [Url:Planet F1]http://www.planet-f1.com/news/3213/6193355/-Merc-s-F-duct-not-yet-working-properly-]/url]
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