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GP Week : Issue 166
Just one week after Spa, the Monza track requires an almost completely different aero package, a sort of one -off configuration, as the following races will require higher downforce loads compared to the Italian track. Hence all the teams adopted a very low downforce configuration, to some degree an evolution of packages introduced at Silverstone and Spa. After introducing a completely revised rear wing just used by Button in Belgium, McLaren here adopted a deep evolution (right) of the front wing that made its debut at Silverstone. In detail the wing features a single flap divided in two horizontal sections, with the upper element featuring a long Gurney tab on the upper edge. The additional flap of course is not present in this version of the wing, so as to provide a significant reduction of drag. Ferrari on the other hand introduced a completely new front wing (above), different in every detail from its standard version. In fact the chord of each single section of the wing, flap included, has been dramatically reduced. The endplates now don’t feature the slots that were present in the version seen at Spa. In addition, the adjusting device of the flap has changed its position being now more inclined towards the outermost section of the flap. This configuration is completed by a very low downforce rear wing, helping to improve the top speed performance of the F2012 on this ultra-fast circuit, where top speed is a paramount element. With a massive amnount of time spent on full throttle, Monza is all about low-downforce, as Tech Editor Paolo Filisetti explains TECHNICAL Who needs downforce anyway ... 34 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MONZA 34 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: