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GP Week : Issue 65
Technical Update: Singapore MANY teams introduced interesting developments for the race at the Marina Bay in Singapore. In general, we can say that due to the average downforce load required, most of the teams adopted similar solutions as those seen at Spa. McLaren was very active in the development of the MP4/24, and the performance shown throughout the weekend suggest this approach paid dividends. Interesting refinements were also visible on the Red Bull and on the BMW, mainly focussing on the front wing assembly. 1 -- McLaren MP4/24 di user McLaren introduced a new rear di user, featuring a narrower and triangular symmetrical central section, compared to the squared, and in particular, asymmetric one introduced in Germany. This change has dramatically improved the performance of the car and its aero efficiency, being able to provide high levels of downforce even at slow speed. Plus, this solution helps in terms of reduction of sensitivity to the ride height variation, very frequent due to the bumpy surface of the track. 2 -- Red Bull revised front wing Red Bull modi ed the wing design it adopted in Spa. In particolar, the endplates now widened are wider at their bottom, in this way reducing the width of the wing profile. This solution helps in terms of turbulence reduction, and at the same time provides a less sensitive front end to the ride heights variations, very frequent here in Singapore. 3 -- McLaren front wing McLaren, for the third time this season, used this version of the front wing endplates -- but only in practice. This solution should provide less turbulence diverting the vortices outside the front wheel area. Anyway, the standard single piece solution was again used both for qualifying and the race. 4 -- BMW revised front wing BMW Sauber introduced a completely new front wing assembly, following the Brawn fashion of a double curved endplate in place of the previous single one. This new front wing is just a part of a huge array of changes brought to Singapore, including revised sidepods, a new gearbox casing and a new diffuser. Singapore is bumpy and very unique, which led to a raft of technical changes. GPWeek's technical editor PAOLO FILISETTI investigates 1 2 3 4 F1 NEWS >> 10