Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Force India reveals unique winged shark fin


Force India has gone radical in its bid to add downforce to its car at the Singapore Grand Prix, with more than 30 mini wings placed on the top of its shark fin cover.

With downforce at such a premium around the Marina Bay circuit, Force India’s solution is unprecedented and shows the outfit is not easing off in its efforts, despite its comfortable points position in the constructors’ championship.

As its car emerged in the pitlane at the Singapore GP on Thursday, it was spotted with more than 30 winglets situated at the top of its shark fin engine cover.

The aim of these will be to help increase load at the rear of the car, as well as better direct airflow to the T-wing and rear wing.

The car’s T-wing was also a more aggressive version than had been spotted before, with the three separate elements now featuring double planes – with strengthening mounts inbetween the two elements.

The Force India developments are likely to be one of several new concepts that teams will try out as they bid for a maximum-downforce approach to the Singapore GP weekend.

Mercedes has been spotted with a revised shark fin as well in Singapore, without the cut-out tail section that has been used up until now.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08 bodywork detail
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08 bodywork detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

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Series Formula 1
Event Singapore GP
Track Singapore Street Circuit
Teams Force India , Mercedes
Article type Breaking news
Topic Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis