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Also Sauber considering F-duct removal for Monza

Sauber is yet another team considering removing the F-duct system from its car for the forthcoming Italian grand prix.

McLaren intends to have a non-F-duct rear wing and engine cover at Monza next weekend, with simulations showing that weight saving and aerodynamic efficiency could mean a conventional setup is the more competitive option for the high speed circuit.

Robert Kubica has also hinted that his Renault will not have an F-duct at the Autodromo Nazionale, even though Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali indicated that the F10 will still be running the device at Monza.

It has now emerged that Sauber could be yet another team contemplating its F-duct options for Italy.

“We will have the option to take off the F-duct,” said the Swiss team’s new technical director James Key.

“We will only make the final decision at the track,” he added in an interview with Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

Key also said Sauber is already working on the 2011 car at its Hinwil base.

“There are some areas of the regulations that are not yet 100 per cent clear, such as the functionality of the (adjustable) rear wing.

“But there is already enough for the teams to move forward with the development for next year,” he revealed.

Key also said he is confident about Sauber’s financial situation for 2011 and beyond.

“That is not my area, but I have no great concerns,” he said.

“I know we are actively working on it and that at Spa we were able to show a new logo on the rear wing.

“The direction is positive.  With the improvement of the car, we have shown what we are capable of.  If we can maintain that, I expect a further step forward next year.

“I am planning for the long term with Sauber,” added Key.