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GP Week : Issue 137
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 At this late stage of the season, it may seem difficult to find new technical stuff adopted on the cars, as consequence of an ongoing development process. That is only partially true, because, even if the world championship now has a winner, with four races to go, it is important to test new components that may be considered as a preview of what will be seen on next year’s cars. We already expressed this concept in our Singapore analysis, and this time we can say that at least two top teams, notably Ferrari and McLaren, brought to Suzuka, changes more finalized to a future application than to a current one – although in McLaren’s case this change was actually used in the race, and will be kept for the remainder of this season. Notably we are talking of a revised version of their DRS system (right), that features its fourth evolution since the start of the season. As McLaren’s Paddy Lowe said during the Friday’s press conference, this season was the first for DRS, so all the teams had to learn how to work with it and, because this device will be allowed also in 2012, it is certainly an area where can be valuable for the teams to understand how to further develop its potential. Also needing consideration is the fact that the current diffuser configuration will be changed as a consequence of the blown diffusers ban. We must not forget that in 2010 McLaren was the first to introduce and develop the F-duct system, something that with a more complex activation method, acted as a sort of ‘primordial’ DRS. ie this area was already, in the recent past, something that McLaren envisaged as important to understand and study to exploit its full potential. Ferrari is producing an enormous effort at this stage of the season. The technical department in fact has produced multiple versions of their diffuser area, included the one adopted in Singapore – and here on Friday they tried a newer one, that actually didn’t work as it was expected, so was then stripped off for qualifying and the race. What is important to understand is that the aforementioned solution was adopted not just for better performance here, but also to verify and understand the blown diffuser concept, to have a solid benchmark while introducing other changes that will be part of the next year’s project. Continuing on this route of using the remainder of the season as test bench, Ferrari will introduce in Korea a deeply revised front wing (above) that very likely will be the first version of the one that will be fitted on the 2012 car. Here they brought back a front wing featuring a double main flap after three races usingf one featuring a single element. The wing adopted in Japan, was notably, an evolution of the one tested in Budapest. Technical Update: Japanese GP New developments appearing on the cars from here on are squarely aimed at 2012, as GPWEEK Technical Editor Paolo Filisetti explains 14