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GP Week : Issue 54
THE longer break between the previous race and this one allowed the teams to prepare a wider array of modifications to put on the cars for this race. On this occasion, it was the early- season ‘also-rans’who introduced the biggest changes. The most noticeable changes were down at McLaren, which introduced a completely new aero package, available only for Lewis Hamilton, while Kovalainen just used the new front wing and will use the rest of the package for the first time in Hungary. This package included a refined front wing, a new floor, a deeply revised diffuser and engine cover. Ferrari was also pretty active in developing the F60, with the rear diffuser further developed, inmproving the balance of the car. Renault was the third team to sport significant changes to its R29, with a new front wing and new endplates. Seemingly, all these changes produced gains for the respective teams. 1 – McLaren revised front wing Part of a comprehensive new aero package introduced here, was a revised front wing, sporting completely new end-plates now featuring a curved outwards shape, with a triangular horizontal lip on the top edge, and two interesting slits in the lower section close to the knife-edged profile. These two slits help in terms of reducing the turbulence generated by the wheels, impacting the airflow exiting from the wing. This helps not just in drag reduction, but it also improves the efficiency of the wing, now capable of generating more downforce Technical update: Round 1 2 – McLaren MP 4-24 diffuser McLaren also introduced a new rear diffuser, featuring a wider and, in particular, asymmetric central section. This change has dramatically improved the performance of the car and its aero efficiency, being able to hugely increase the downforce levels generated. 3 – Ferrari F60 rear diffuser Ferrari deeply revised the rear diffuser, introducing a new version featuring an array of 3 central vertical fences each side. In this version, three smaller channels of different cross sections are featured beside the central channel. In this way, the airflow exiting through the central section of the diffuser is accelerated by means of the faster airflow passing the two closest tiny side channels, while the airflow passing in the side sections is accelerated by means of the outermost tiny channels (one per side). These changes improved the balance and the grip of the car. 4 – Renault R29 front wing Iin a similar fashion to the McLaren, Renault introduced a completely new aero package, including a new floor, but the most visible change, was related to the front wing, featuring new endplates. These elements now feature (similarl to McLaren) a new curved outwards shape, sporting a very interesting knife edged profile, with the outermost section slightly inclined downwards, and featuring an horizontal slit in half of its length. This slit helps in terms of diverting outwards the turbulence generated in this area, plus reducing the sensitivity of the wing to the variations of ride heights. ADVERTISE in GPWEEK to access a HUGE global audience 1 4