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GP Week : Issue 101
Technical update: Singapore gP After the high speeds of Monza, F1 moved to the Monaco of the East, where downforce rules. GPWEEK Technical Editor Paolo Filisetti explains Singapore might well be known as the Monte Carlo of Asia, thanks to its street circuit layout. Indeed, only few straight lines connect many tight corners, most of them 90 degrees in shape. It is therefore a circuit that reqires high downforce instead of top speed. Here, in fact, the maximum speed is not very relevant, and for this reason , for example example, Ferrari decided not to run the F-duct, after a back to back comparison, carried out during the free practice sessions on Friday. The circuit layout as mentioned requires a high downforce configuration, and here most of the teams, brought substantial and interesting changes, especially to their front wing assembly, as well as some refinements to their diffuser – in particular Ferrari, McLaren and Renault, not forgetting Williams, brought interesting evolutions to their front wings, with McLaren sporting the most extreme solution. Ferrari After a long back-to-back comparison during Friday practices, the team decided not to use the F- duct system for the remainder of the weekend. As well, an interesting solution was also seen on the front wing. In particular, the new one was a sort of mix, between the Monte Carlo and Silverstone versions. In detail the new wing, sports a slightly different assembly of the endplates, with the outermost vertical fin placed slightly rearward compared to the previous version, coupled to a different main profile. Although this has maintained the same shape, it features a different thickness/chord ratio, so as to better manage the airflow passing underneath the car. Renault The French team brought an interesting evolution of the front wing, that in detail was a semi evolution of the wing introduced at Silverstone. The main difference was both in the additional upper profile, divided bay multiple vertical fences, and the endplates, now featuring additional horizontal winglets, whose purpose was to generate vortex, in a way to reduce turbulence close to the front wheels. McLaren McLaren introduced a radical new front wing in Singapore, based on the main profile introduced at Silverstone. This layout is designed to separate the airflow into two channels, but with both directing airflow around the outside of the front tyres . As with Ferrari, McLaren ran a back-to-back comparison between this wing and the previous version on Friday, with Button running the new one. F1 NEWS >> 13