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GP Week : Issue 112
Now called FanVision, the new G3 is available for sale with our best experience ever, including an ultra-bright 4.3 inch LCD screen, the ultimate in personalisation, more data, stats and camera angles than anywhere else. Our classic version is still available for weekend rentals. Experience Formula 1TM like never before. Save 20% when you reserve online! F1.FanVision.com There have been big changes at Kangaroo TV. YOUR RACE, YOUR WAY Get the next generation in fan enhancement. Click HERE to go to Technical Update: Chinese F1 GP With just days between Malaysia and China, teams; attention turned to Friday testing as a data-collection exercise, as Tech Editor Paolo Filisetti explains WITH Shanghai being the second of back-to-back races, just one week after Malaysia, it was clear that there weren’t plenty of changes on the cars. Instead most of the teams brought some refinements, while others mainly used the Friday practice sessions as a test session to collect data to use for the development of the cars between now and Turkey. Ferrari, notably was the team that adopted this kind of plan more than the others. In particular, after the disappointing race in Malaysia, it was important for the Italian squad to understand where the lack of per formance of the current car lies. Mainly, it is a well-known lack of downforce – in particular at the front end, so it was paramount for Ferrari to investi- gate. For this reason the cars’ front wing were painted with the special paint used in aero tests, as well the bottom of the nose and front suspension, to see how the airflow works around these areas, generating (or otherwise) downforce. Three main areas were detected as elements that will be strongly developed in the forthcoming weeks: In detail the front wing, notably in the endplates and main profile area (2). The nose cone (1) could be developed as well with regard to its bottom shape, to increase the quantity of airflow passing underneath (3). The area of the splitter could also be modified so to divert in a more efficient way the airflow directed underneath the car. An illustration of the lengths to which teams go to get everything per fect was the experiment carried out on the steering wheels of the 150° Italia, with both drivers trying alternate positions for the KERS and DRS buttons. The test was for no other reason than to simplify and assist driver hand movements when utilizing the two new controls – added to the many already existing on the steering wheel. For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... 12