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GP Week : Issue 174
33 GPWEEK.com // 33 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Last week we titled our technical analysis ‘The Battle of the Titans’ and we expected to see further development on the two title fighting cars. We have to say that our forecast, in this respect, was right. Both Red Bull and Ferrari, continued their strong technical battle even though placing different weapons on the ground. Red Bull, in fact was, less ‘visual’, meaning that the differences with the car seen one week ago were hardly recognizable, but were nevertheless absolutely real. In India, Red Bull focused on the front end of the car, while this time continued the development of the floor in front of the rear wheels. As explained previously, Red Bull is the only team adopting side air inlets in the lowermost section of the sidepods, to feed the side channels of the diffuser. These holes in detail here sported a revised profile, but especially the bodywork covering the rear suspension pull rod rocker and of course gearbox, had a different section. This now changes the section of the channel that it creates with the proper bottom of the car, hence modifying the section of the venturi channel for the air fed by the aforementioned side inlets. There were also a few adjustments to the rear wing, mainly to better balance with the front one introduced one week ago. Ferrari brought a complete new aero package, comprising new front and rear wing, and new front turning vanes. On Friday a back-to-back test between the new and old solution was run, also with some mixed permutations – ie Alonso started the second FP session using both front and rear new wings and new turning vanes, while Massa the complete old package. Then Alonso tried the new font wing with the old rear and old turning vanes, and Massa did the opposite by mounting the new rear with the old front one. In the end Alonso kept the complete new package for the rest of the weekend. The front wing differs from the one seen in India, both with the endplates sporting wider and one more slits compared to the previous version (right above). The slits in fact correspond to the number of those present on the wing in the main profile and flap, now five compared to the four of the previous version. (including the slit between the main profile and the flap). The new turning vanes feature a shorter slit, while in the old version they were actually divided in two separate elements by an all-height slit. The rear wing as well was dramatically different compared to the old one used by Massa. The upper slits on the endplates are curved downwards compared to the horizontal and longer ones of the old version. The vertical gills were also different now, creating a sort of rounded low profile, instead of the straight diagonal line of the previous version. It was also interesting to note that Alonso used the new wing with the tower wing removed from the beam wing, so to reduce the drag and improve the straight line speed of the car. As the title contest reaches its peak the two contenders just aren't letting up, as Technical Editor Paolo Filisetti explains TECHNICAL Battle of the Titans II F1 >>> U.A.E