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GP Week : Issue 82
Technical Update: Monaco GP By it's nature, Monaco provides unique challenges for F1 teams. GPWEEK Technical Edito Paulo Filisetti explains The particular layout of Monaco, different from any other track, completely reverses the usual trend of back-to-back races, not sporting too many changes on the cars. Inevitably most of the teams didn't bring any big developments on their cars, but nevertheless all of them had to adapt their cars, to the particular layout of the Principality track. Of course most of the developments are aimed to increase the downforce produced, as this is paramount here, but on the other hand also other elements, crucial in terms of handling and braking were taken into account. to improve the handling of the car, in the slowest corners of Monaco -- Rascasse and the former Loews corner. Red Bull, on the other hand, adopted different brake discs in order to improve reliability following Sebastian Vettel's problems at the Spanish race -- they now feature smaller ventilation holes. On Thursday, the team used discs featuring small oval holes In qualifying but for the race the team opted for the same discs provided by Brembo to Ferrari Reverting to aero developments, Ferrari didn't use its F-duct system, and introduced an additional couple of winglets placed one each side of the shark fin tail. This change of course was introduced to increase the downforce generated at the level of the rear axle so to improve the traction on this very slow circuit. The wing angle was of course at its maximum figure both front and rear. Another team that brought a change already seen in Barcelona but refined, with the clear aim of increasing the downforce not just by means of the wing itself, but by improving the management of the airflow impacting the front wing, was Renault. The R30 in fact featured a further development of its front wing, with the upper additional profile featuring a longer vertical fin protruding rearwards, whose function is to manage the portion of the airflow close to the front wheels so as to reduce turbulence (but not with the aim of reducing drag), instead with the aim of not spoiling the quality of the airflow directed towards the bottom of the car exiting the front wing. Besides, the main profile is now provided with bigger and sinuous vertical fences splitting in multiple parts and directing the airflow passing underneath, so as to provide a rectified flow to the bottom of the car, useful to feed the huge rear multiple diffuser more cleanly. 12 F1 NEWS >>