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Ferrari the latest team to copy McLaren idea

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Ferrari the latest team to copy McLaren idea
Giorgio Piola
By: Giorgio Piola
Co-author: Matt Somerfield
Sep 21, 2018, 1:25 PM

Ferrari might not have won the Singapore Grand Prix, but it had arrived with another significant Formula 1 update to make sure its car was suited to the low-speed street circuit

At the rear of the car, the team introduced a new rear wing solution, pioneered by McLaren and previously seen on the Mercedes and Renault this season.

Ferrari flo-vis rear wing technical detail

Ferrari flo-vis rear wing technical detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

It features large slots in the transitional region of the wing to allow the airflow a more efficient passage for the high-downforce wing level.

Here you can see how McLaren started this trend last year on its Honda-powered MCL32.

McLaren MCL32, rear wing at Bahrain GP

McLaren MCL32, rear wing at Bahrain GP

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Bargeboard tweaks

Towards the front of the car, the bargeboards weren’t an entirely new package. Instead, the already prominent features were tuned to improve flow around their surfaces inline with the air speed they would encounter.

Ferrari SF71H bargeboards

Ferrari SF71H bargeboards

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

These revisions consisted of numerous alterations to the size and geometry of the surfaces, with the forwardmost S-shaped element moved a little further forward (white arrow). The central section of the main bargeboard also featured more pronounced elements (red arrows).

Inline with these changes the elongated floor gills were shortened, highlighting how the airflow’s path is dictated by a daisy chain of surfaces that must all work in harmony with one another.

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Series Formula 1
Event Singapore GP
Teams Ferrari Shop Now , McLaren Shop Now
Author Giorgio Piola
Article type Analysis