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GP Week : Issue 187
45 GPWEEK.com // 45 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> HUNGARY The Hungaroring track, is one of the twistier venues in the Formula 1 calendar and usually requires the same kind of set up and downforce levels of Monaco. This is a well-known feature that usually prevents the teams carrying out more general performance developments, apart of the changes that are fitted on the cars to cope with the circuit needs. However, this time, we can say without any doubt that most of the teams, due to the position of this race on the F1 calendar, brought many development parts, to test before the summer break. This was particularly the case for Ferrari, which is strenuously trying to catch the leaders of the championship . The Italian team brought a huge array of new parts spanning from a revised front wing to a modified rear diffuser in its side sections close to the wheels. Unfortunately, only the front wing provided positive feedback, while all the other new element weren’t capable of adding the expected performance to the F138. This element sported a revised front slit in the main profile, to feed in a more efficient way the underneath of the car; hence the rear diffuser that was, as mentioned, modified in its side section to work in conjunction with the front end changes. Some comment on this continuous situation of discarding the new parts that Ferrari has now experimented on at few races is called for. The team’s situation is very different from last season. Last year it was clear that the deficit in terms of performance increments from the new parts, was caused by lack of proper correlation between the data collected in the wind tunnel and the track feedback. This year, Ferrari is using the former Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne – and it is very unlikely that this device has the same problem as the one in Maranello. It is more likely that the problems may be due more to the methods, let’s say in the ‘hands’ that use the pencil to design the new parts. ... The evidence now suggests that a reorganization within the team design structure, and also a change of working methodology, may help. Of course, we are aware of the 110% effort that each member of the team puts in to reach the goal of winning the championship, but nevertheless a raising of the game is needed. Spa is just one month ahead ... In the mean time it is also important to note how Mercedes has become increasingly the third force in the championship. The team brought a revised rear aero package to Hungary, including a completely new bottom, close to the rear wheels, sporting a completely revised and more squared slit close to them. This element coupled to a deeply revised profile of the bodywork close to the rear suspension, provides a better feeding of the rear diffuser Hungary – where downforce rules TeCHNICAL PAOLO FILISETTI Technical Editor