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GP Week : Issue 215
2015 on everyone's mind (Ferrari plans 'split' turbo) TeCHNICAL PAOLO FILISETTI Technical Editor The last race of the season usually isn’t too much meaningful from the technical point of view, but this time it was very interesting to note that most of the teams worked throughout the weekend already in a 2015 mindset. In our previous analysis from Sao Paulo we anticipated that McLaren would bring to Abu Dhabi a deeply revised car, thanks to the introduction of the first updates designed by Peter Prodromou since he joined the team few months ago from Red Bull. This in fact happened, with the introduction of a much-revised front wing in its main plane and endplates. This wing was extensively tested during the free practice sessions by Magnussen but then it was discarded in favor of the previous version –even though the car ’s efficiency appeared slightly improved, it worsened the aero balance, making it less stable and the car ’s behavior less predictable. Red Bull was very active in terms of introducing new parts before the test session that will be held on Tuesday on this track – in particular a new deeply revised front wing featuring different flaps. This wing is a clear preview of the one that will be part of next year ’s car. Unfortunately after qualifying, the stewards deemed it not compliant to article 3.15 of the technical regulation, as it was found that the inner section of the flaps flexed more than allowed under the application of the static load of the flexibility test. The two Red Bulls were thus excluded from the qualifying result and started from the pitlane. It has a sort of positive side in that this kind of mistakes is acceptable under the circumstance of this being at the last race of the season and the team not being into title contention. What I mean is that in this way Red Bull demonstrated that they are already pushing the boundaries very hard in Abu Dhabi QUALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 TIME ANALYSIS RANGE 17,571(ROS) – 17,904(RAI) 17 17.2 17.4 17.6 17.8 18 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS T3 T3 QYALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS T1 SPEED ANALYSIS RANGE 289,3 Kmh(RAI) – 299,4 KMH(BOT) 288 291 294 297 300 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS SPEED 1 SPEED 1 TECHNICAL QUALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS Sector T2 Speed analysis range 315,4 kmh(RAI) – 327,1Kmh (BOT) 315.2 318.2 321.2 324.2 327.2 ALO RAI VET RIC MAG BUT MAS BOT HAM ROS SPEED 2 SPEED 2 39 GPWEEK.com // 39 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> ABU DHABI PARTNERS: