Lotus wants dry Spa
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AUGUST 28, 2012

Lotus wants dry Spa

The team, highly competitive last time out in Hungary and set to debut its double DRS device in race conditions at Spa, says that dry weather would suit it best but that wet weather so often seen at Spa would not be a disaster.

The bookmakers view Kimi Raikkonen as third favourite to win in Belgium, behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, but the team has sound reasons to be more optimistic than that.

Raikkonen has a superb record at Spa, having won the race four times, and team technical director James Allison says that the classic track in the Belgian Ardennes is the type of track that is best suited to the Lotus E20 and that the team is excited to be heading there.

"We'd prefer dry weather," Allison says, but even if it is wet, he does not think that the team will struggle for tyre temperature like it did in Germany.

"Tha nature of the corners and the loadings on the tyres should ensure that we generate enough temperature and will be competitive whatever the weather."

The team's DDRS system, still known internally as "the device" could make a significant difference in Belgium and at high-speed Monza a week later.

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