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GP Week : Issue 199
TECHNICAL balanced aerodynamics, which in fact does not favor any particular type of track, but guarantees a downforce generated by the car body, suitable for different tyre compounds (the test last year with Pirelli was very definitely helpful! ... ) . The Mercedes is one of the few cars to already use aerodynamic upgrades – perfect balance requires, as much as possible, a maintenance of the status quo. By this, I do not mean that the aerodynamic development is an Achilles heel, but in fact, the season over its course will introduce uncertainties in the current equation of efficiency. The present perfect combination won’t be completely safeguarded without compromise. On the other hand, we can see that Red Bull has already decided to pursue an attack mode in terms of development. In Bahrain we were able to spot an interesting evolution of the RB10 rear diffuser, sporting an array of small fins placed under the central section (see picture). These elements work as vortex generators, that help in terms of making the airflow boundary layer detach, so as to not generate an aerodynamic block in this area. Another team that is looking very proactive in terms of development is McLaren. The Woking squad, is trying to maximize the efficiency of the car, especially working on the front end, to provide not only more downforce, but also a more stable front of the car, very useful under braking with the brake- by-wire system. A revised nose with sculpted pillars as sort of shield and a new wing were spotted by us in Bahrain (see picture). Coming back to Mercedes W05, we can describe it best as a battleship. Unlike what was seen last year with Red Bull, with constant aerodynamic developments, especially when the competition was approaching dangerously close, with Mercedes the key is to keep the current balance as ‘safe’ as possible. Red Bull and the other opponents don’t really seem to be close enough to induce radical changes on the leading cars at this point. More Sector data next page QUALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS Time analysis in sector T2 40 40.3 40.6 40.9 41.2 ALONSO RAIKKONEN VETTEL RICCIARDO MAGNUSSEN BUTTON MASSA BOTTAS HAMILTON ROSBERG T2 T2 QUALIFYING SECTOR ANALYSIS Speed analysis in sector T2 260 262 264 266 268 270 ALONSO RAIKKONEN VETTEL RICCIARDO MAGNUSSEN BUTTON MASSA BOTTAS HAMILTON ROSBERG SPEED 2 SPEED 2 37 GPWEEK.com // 37 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BAHRAIN PARTNERS: