The first real discussion subject of 2006 was without a doubt the flexing front wing of Ferrari. Although most wings bend down a little bit at higher speeds because of the air pressure, Ferrari found a very distinct solution to optimise their performance. As the 2006 cars were really underpowered in relation to the grip levels, aerodynamic drag was a vital part for topspeeds, more than has ever been. As the upper element of the wing would prevent flexing, Ferrari allowed movement so that the wing's upper planes would detach from the nose cone at higher speeds. This marginal decrease in drag and downforce no doubt gained a bit of topspeed until eventually the FIA kindly requested Ferrari to redesign the attachment.
Why stop at flexible wings? How about flexible radiator air inlets. Wouldn\'t that make a larger gain in aero efficiency than a flexing wing? It would be easier to hide as well.
I agree, what the hell is wrong with flexing aero parts? Another of Max\'s stupid rules I guess :lol:
Radiator air inlets are part of the main chassis structure... I think there would be crash tests done by the FIA on the tub and other parts of the main chassis
Also flexing aero parts could detach and hit another driver or car...
Flexing parts are weaker than non-flexing parts, the main issue behind the rule stems back to \'adjustable\' areo.
Wing mirrors flew off several cars last year. Guess that cuts down on drag too huh? The FIA should quit worrying about flexi-wings and look at mirrors.
I remembered that they use a new style flex wing at Imola,after that 248F1 was very strong!
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