Sauber have added small wings above the sidepod's leading edge, connecting the sidepod panels to the sides of the cockpit. Essentially these are flow straighteners that help to condition the somewhat turbulent airflow from behind the front wheels.
The aim is likely to get a cleaner flow over the sidepods, an area that has now become crucial with the introduction of the downwash exhaust.
Note however that the wings are made extremely thin, requiring the team to retain the - aerodynamically shaped - existing connection between the sidepod panel and the sidepod itself.
This may be my favorite 2012 car in terms of visual appeal. And this is a really cool idea, is it legal?
Hard to believe they have no title sponser, hard working team full of talent.
Every F1 car body element is crucial for tenths of seconds gaining! The slightest change in construction may have an effect on a race results. I wonder will there ever be that point where no aerodynamics improvements are possible) i hope not)
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