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GP Week : Issue 135
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 There are no common points between Singapore and Monza – nevertheless it was interesting to note that some of the developments carried by the top teams, notably was just an evolution of the layout of some elements tested during the Italian GP weekend, and then brought here in their final configuration. It is also interesting to see that even if the two teams clearly are moved by different motivations in terms of title chasing at this very late stage of the season, both didn’t stop the development of their cars. Here Ferrari, brought back some elements that were discarded in the last couple of races, notably the modified rear suspension that made its debut at Silverstone and an evolution just tested in Monza, but not used then. The rear suspension has as the main feature a different camber recovery that helps in terms of adopting a greater camber angle. This feature was discarded at Spa, on tyre strategy grounds, as the suspension allowing wider camber angles would have produced an higher tyre wear. In Singapore, of course there are no high speed corners, so wider camber angles, means higher temperature reached by the tyres contact patch. In this way Ferrari tried to reduce, the problem this car has, in terms of getting tyres to the working temperature quickly. Ferrari tried to increase the downforce levels of the car, for this race, not just adopting a front wing featuring a cascade of additional flaps in the same version as seen at Budapest, but also refining the exhaust layout. This element was already seen in Monza, featuring a narrower tail pipe towards the rear diffuser, so to better manage the airflow , through the hot gases. In this way the side sections of the diffuser resulted receive a more constant airflow, even with the throttle released, approaching the corners. Red Bull, on the other hand, even without a particular need to improve the performance of its car, is still pushing in terms of detailed aero development of the RB7. Talking to some engineers, it emerged clearly that the team aim is to improve the performance of the car not just for this season but with an eye already on 2012. The new front wing is in fact something that looks beyond the short term. It now features a twisted main plane section and a revised cascade. The main plane is no longer near horizontal while approaching the central section. Instead the wing curls up and intersects the central span at a near 90-degrees – this shape is to create a vortex for creating the correct airflow conditions ahead of the leading edge of the floor, with the aim of creating more downforce from the floor and diffuser – something that will be even more useful next season when blown diffusers will be banned. Singapore, in this respect was the perfect test bench, useful to understand, on a high-downforce track, how the new wing could potentially improve the ariflow management towards the bottom of the car. Technical Update: Singapore GP Some teams have begun 2012 testing, as GPWEEK Technical Editor Paolo Filisetti explains 14