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GP Week : Issue 63
Technical Update: Round 13, Italy MONZA has become the only ultra fast circuit in the F1 calendar, therefore a special aerodynamic package was brought by all the teams, trying t o reduce the drag generated by the wings. All the teams sported low downforce confiburation, both for front and rear ends. We just picked up a couple of examples, taking into account the Brawn latest evolution of the front wing assembly, and the rear wing of the McLaren MP4/24. Beside aerodynamics, the debut of Giancarlo Fisichella for Ferrari made the knowledge of the various buttons and switches placed on the F60's steering wheel important. 1 -- F60 Steering Wheel Giancarlo Fisichella, switching from a Force India cockpit to a Ferrari one, had to face the huge challenge of learning how to cope with the di erent procedures of the Ferrari wheel. Going deeply into detail, starting from top left, the 'F' button provides the scrolling of the information on the left dashboard. 'N' engages neutral, while 'DIF IN' d'E it' dj t th diff tiltth The 'FFA' button adjusts the front flap angle, in conjunction with 'F+' and 'F-' respectively. 'DRINK' provides fluid to the driver, while 'PUMP' activates a suppementary oil pump, and 'R' provides confirmation to a radio message. 'REV' adjusts the maximum rev limit for gear shift, 'BURN' and 'Start' provide power management in burn out configuration (to help heating rear tyres), or at the start, and the central round 'TRQ' trim manages the torque in five levels. The yellow button on the right top scrolls the right dashboard, while 'P' activates the pit speed limiter. 'CHRG' and 'KERS' trims, adjust the charge and discharge levels of the KERS system, and the 'RADIO' button is to communicate with the pitwall. '+10' and '-1' scroll preloaded engine management programs, activated through the 'MF' multi-function trim. 'GRP' adjusts the power management in relation to different grip levels, 'ACK' acknowledges the pitwall of a malfunction warning, 'PUNCT' and 'WET' provide a power management in case of t d t ditions. Finally, 'Bf' oint of the clutch, and 'E' switches off the engine. 2 -- Brawn revised front wing Two weeks ago in Spa, we explained the low downforce con guration package, pointing out the changes at the level of the front wing. We thought these changes would be brought to Monza. Instead, Brawn brought a further developed aero package, sporting a front wing very similar to the one introduced at Silverstone earlier this season. In detail, the main differences were related to the adoption of the same kind of endplates introduced for the British GP, coupled with revised additional profiles. In particolar, the outermost vertical plate of the small winglets is now completely straight in its front edge, sporting an increased thickness, which helps in terms of better diversion of the air flow in this area, splitting it in two parts. 3 -- McLaren low downforce rear wing McLaren brought a new rear wing to Monza. In detail, the two upper pro les sport a reduced chord, so to reduce the drag generated on the straight line. The endplates sport just three gills. The long straights of Monza saw more aero changes for the Italian Grand Prix. GPWeek technical editor PAOLO FILISETTI investigates 1 3 2 F1 NEWS >> 10