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GP Week : Issue 173
30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: At Buddh Circuit, it was very interesting to note how, at this stage of the season, the top teams, notably Ferrari and Red Bull, fighting for the title, are continuing the development of their cars, looking both at small details and also bigger evolutions. Even though it was not much publicized by the Scuderia, Ferrari brought a very interesting package. In particular, front wing and floor were the two main elements of it. The front wing was tested on Friday by Alonso and then used by both drivers for the rest of the weekend, and featured new endplates. These ones now differ from the previous version by the extension and shape of the side slits placed on its lower section. Now they are longer and extend more rear wards ending with a wider hole than before. This change provided a better airflow management in the area close to the front wheels. Just on Alonso’s car, was a new version of the diffuser that is likely will be available also for Massa in Abu Dhabi. This new version differs from the previous one especially with an additional channel in the central section, capable of adding some amount of downforce, hence traction. On the other hand Red Bull focused on tiny details, in particular sporting a revised version of the longer nose introduced in Singapore. The new one now features in its side view a sort of pelican beak profile, coupled with the pillars sporting a diminishing width as before Singapore. The change was conceived to reduce the vortices generated just under the nose in the area close to the front suspension lower wishbones, so as to improve the airflow both directed underneath the car and inside the sidepods. Even though these changes may be seen as small ones, they must not be underestimated, as the pace of the relevant cars in race configuration is so similar, so even a small advantage may generate an huge difference. In Abu Dhabi, in one week’s time we expect to see additional elements joining the current package on both cars. The final Battle of Titans, for the title, has started ... The title is heading intop the home straight, and the contenders aren't letting up, as Technical Editor Paolo Filisetti explains F1 >>> INDIA TECHNICAL Battle of the Titans