The BMW Sauber team has confirmed it will finally introduce a double-decker diffuser at next week's Turkish Grand Prix.
After struggling for performance at the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend, the Hinwil-based squad will run the new diffuser in Istanbul, hoping it will boost its hopes of a stronger result.
BMW motorsport boss Mario Theissen admitted the team did not expect such a poor start to the season after scoring its first win last year. He insisted, however, that the team can cope with the situation and that it will continue to push to get out of it.
"Ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix our results are quite sobering. Nobody in the team expected the season to pan out as it has so far," said Theissen. "After taking a forward step in Spain, we were clearly off the pace in Monaco. To regain our competitiveness we will have to ramp up our development speed significantly. In Istanbul we will have the next step of our development ready and will be using a multi-stage diffuser for the first time.
"After three successful years, this phase is our first setback. We can deal with it. After all, it was the same team in Munich and Hinwil that ensured our progressive advancement since the BMW Sauber F1 Team was founded. We are all determined to get ourselves back among the front runners again."