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GP Week : Issue 170
Suzuka is the most technical circuit of the whole championship. It almost contains in its layout every kind of corner that drivers may find in the whole Grand Prix season. For this reason usually teams bring to Japan the most interesting development package of the final stint of the season. It is not a matter of quantity of changes, but quality. This year the top teams in fact brought here the sort of packages that could give their cars a decisive boost in terms of over-all performance gain, trying to find the ultimate solution to generate a technical gap with the opponent in a very tightly battled season. Red Bull may be the most brilliant example of this trend, in contrast to what Marcedes at first and then Lotus lately, did with their double DRS systems. Both teams struggled a lot, and so far Lotus has never raced their device, in terms of setting it up and managing a good integration of the system with the rest of the aero package of the car. Red Bull instead produced a very simple solution that features a hole in each rear wing endplate, activated by the main flap when DRS is activated, channeling the airflow through the endplates and feeding the central 15cm section of the diffuser at the bottom of the beam wing. This solution helped a lot in terms of top speed, a performance feature that so far was a weak spot on the RB8. Ferrari on the other hand brought a revised aero package featuring some solutions seen in Singapore. In particular both drivers tested and then used for the whole weekend a revised version of the rear wing that was discarded two weeks ago. The array of gills has been slightly modified in terms of their integration with the rear diffuser, with the aim of better managing the airflow in that area especially in the medium speed section of the track. This solution proved being positive, providing a better aero balance, and thus in terms of sharpness of handling of the car. With the championship getting to a critical stage, the development race is on in earnest, as Tech Editor Paolo Filisetti explains TECHNICAL Crunch time 35 GPWEEK.com // 35 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SUZUKA