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GP Week : Issue 124
Technical Update: British GP After a handful of mixed-requirement tracks, Silverstone’s spaces spelt ‘AERO’ as GPWEEK Technical Editor Paolo Filisetti explains After Valencia, the Silverstone track represents a return to the tradition in terms of “real track”. The Silverstone circuit, the home of the British Motorsport, represents one of the most challenging and demanding tracks on the calendar. While It is well known as a very fast track, the new layout’s first sector is dramatically slower than the old track, as it is a redesign of the Complex section of the old track, featuring a couple of very slow corners after a fast right hander. Due to the aforementioned characteristics, Silverstone is an ‘aero’ track –aerodynamics here is paramount to be competitive. For this reason all the teams introduced new aero packages on their cars, especially the top teams. Ferrari introduced a massive aero package, plus tested the rear suspension new layout that was already tested in Canada and Valencia. While this solution was not totally satisfactory, on the other hand the new aero package, that included a new rear wing, that now doesn’t features any longer a central pillar, offered a high rate of efficiency – both providing an adequate downforce level in the slower section of the track, and less drag compared to the previous version. As well, Ferrari modified the exhaust position slightly so to increase the efficiency of their ‘blown’ diffuser, also taking into account the new constraints that were adopted for this race by the FIA. McLaren developed a similar solution compared to Ferrari, regarding the rear wing. In fact it features a completely flat main profile, and no pillars, so mimicking a Red Bull style for this item. The new wing was kept throughout the weekend, but it didn’t appear to bring better performance to the car. In particular, McLaren looked not particularly fast in every single sector of the track in qualifying, showing a better race pace. For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... 12