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Bite-size tech: Ferrari rear wing change for qualifying

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Bite-size tech: Ferrari rear wing change for qualifying
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Co-author: Matt Somerfield
Aug 27, 2016, 2:30 PM

Ferrari loaded on some additional downforce on Saturday as the challenge that lay ahead of it began to unfold.

On Friday the team ran with its low-downforce configuration rear wing (above) last seen in Baku.

The flaps have much less angle of incidence in this configuration, which also leads to the use of only three relatively short endplate louvres to displace the smaller vortex being generated at the wing tips.

Ferrari SF16-H, rear wing on Saturday
Ferrari SF16-H, rear wing on Saturday

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

For FP3 and qualifying the team sacrificed some of is straightline speed for some additional balance and downforce in Sector 2, switching to the higher downforce rear wing we've seen it use for most of the season.

This may turn out to be a shrewd move during the race as relative to the Red Bulls, who are trimmed out, they may suffer less tyre degradation allowing them to run longer stints.

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Series Formula 1
Event Belgian GP
Location Spa-Francorchamps
Teams Ferrari Shop Now
Author Giorgio Piola