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Bite-size tech: Ferrari SF16-H front wing choice

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Bite-size tech: Ferrari SF16-H front wing choice
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Co-author: Matt Somerfield
Aug 25, 2016, 1:56 PM

Ferrari has a couple of different front wing designs at their disposal in Belgium with the Scuderia keen to assess its options ahead of the race.

Ferrari SF16-H, Frontwing detail
Ferrari SF16-H, Frontwing detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The upper of the two front wings pictured is what the team have used for most of the season with a three upper flap configuration, albeit with some of the trailing edge of the flap cut away to reduce its chord.

Meanwhile, the lower of the two was last trialled in Baku when the team was in two minds as to how much load was needed at the front of the car.

Much like Baku the team has to balance the demands of the circuit, with the long straights warranting less drag and leaning toward the lower specification whilst the twistier middle sector demands more aerodynamic load which plays into the upper specification's hands.

The other factor to consider, as was the case in Baku, is the impact that shifting the aero balance has on tyre warm-up.

Overall it's a game of sacrifice and the drivers will have to choose what they feel works best over a race stint, rather than just looking at the one shot qualifying pace.

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