Formula 1
Formula 1
R
Australian GP
12 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
51 days
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
58 days
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
72 days
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
86 days
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
100 days
07 May
-
10 May
Next event in
107 days
21 May
-
24 May
Next event in
121 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
135 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
142 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
156 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
163 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
177 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
Next event in
191 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
219 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
226 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
Next event in
240 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
247 days
08 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
261 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
275 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
282 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
296 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
Next event in
310 days

The details that reveal Mercedes' aero push

shares
comments
The details that reveal Mercedes' aero push
Mar 19, 2018, 9:14 AM

Despite keeping its powder dry in testing, Mercedes heads to the Australian Grand Prix as the favourite to win the opening round of the 2018 Formula 1 season.

Four consecutive drivers' and constructors' titles might make that seem obvious, but Mercedes has had to react after a renewed Ferrari threat last year and Red Bull's progression in the second half of the campaign.

Mercedes has taken plenty of plaudits for its power unit during F1's V6 turbo-hybrid era, but as Craig Scarborough outlines in this clip from Motorsport.tv's weekly show The Flying Lap its chassis is hardly second-rate.

 

Scarborough says the complexity of the W09 immediately rams home "the size of the aero department and the facilities Mercedes must have to get lots and lots of tiny gains across the car".

He adds: "At the very end of the first test, they had a small aero update: this consisted of a number of bits and pieces.

"The key thing is it had a slightly different front wing and it's all the outboard section that goes out towards the wheels.

"As the endplate flicks out it used to have a couple of twisted vanes: they've been cut out completely and there's a big vane there that pushes the air towards the tyre."
"The other change they've made is to the cape [an extreme turning vanes underneath the nose cone].

"Before it had a horizontal leading edge. Now it kind of droops down a bit to push more air under the cape to get this bigger vortex effect out the back that goes through the bargeboards.

"They've got a few other slots and bits and pieces as well so you can see they are pushing that concept a little bit further every time."

Next article
Williams: Wrong to assume Kubica outperformed race drivers

Previous article

Williams: Wrong to assume Kubica outperformed race drivers

Next article

Alonso a "different" driver in 2018 – McLaren

Alonso a "different" driver in 2018 – McLaren
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Mercedes Shop Now