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An eye for detail

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A close look on the rear wing endplate displays a very distinct item not seen at any other team so far. Some variations are obviously used at the competitors but at Monza the leading edge of the endplate was fitted with an extra bend to have an extra bit of air flow around the endplate instead of on the wing itself. This item is likely to work on combination with the slides in the plate to decrease vortices behind the rear wing. Consequently, drag is reduced which is capital at Monza.

McLaren's low-drag front wing

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McLaren and Midland were the only teams at Monza that were running 3 elements on their front wings. All other teams removed a plane to reduce the drag caused by that wing. Apparently though because of the good performance of Raikkonen, the wing seems to have worked well. The third flap was significantly reduced in size as there is a smaller need for downforce at the high speed Monza circuit. The image also shows the end plate of the wing which was stripped of all winglets. McLaren h... Read more

Toyota rear wing philosophy

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Many of the fans and engineers have noticed that the Toyota of this year looks a bit unconventional in a way that it looks quite boxy and that there are lots of small winglets added all over the car. While this was reduced by their new front wing introduced in Turkey, the rear wing is still very much different from any other one. The most important difference is the deep mean camber of the wing. The leading egde actually forces air down towards the lowest point of the wing. This des... Read more

Super Aguri is testing ears too

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The Super Aguri SA06 is still under development and friday saw another new item on the car. While Renault run the ears for about the full season now, SA is testing similar winglets on its car. The item was removed for the race and qualifying as it may have caused unnecesary drag in its current development stages. Compared to the Renault ears they appear to be thicker and pointing out higher above the nosecone. Similar though is the end plate which is remarkable because regular wingl... Read more

Thick nose winglets on Ferrari 248

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As the teams arrived at Monza last week for their testing session and now for the race, Ferrari have added a rather thick winglet at both sides of the nose cone. Similar to all items seen in that area of the car, none of them are aimed to produce downforce but guide air better alongside the car. In fact, the new leading winglet (1) will produce lift. Obviously this airfoil creates drag, but seeing it debut in Monza may indicate it is efficient at high speeds. The second winglet (2) ... Read more

New carbon rim ring on Ferrari

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There has been a lot going on about the carbon rings that were introduced by Ferrari. While it is allowed by the FIA as an aid to help cool the brakes, the dubious element has now evolved in such a way that hardly anyone could state it is not meant for reducing turbulence. The new ring is now larger than ever and seems to only have opening in the middle for wheel changes. Although Toro Rosso and Toyota adopted a ring too, it is surprising how few teams actually copy the device. Coul... Read more

A new front wing at Midland

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Although the 3 week resting period is considered a break, most teams have developed new things. The new front wing on the Midland could not be tested before but results in the windtunnel proved it a worthy new element. The new spoon shape in the middle is now similar to that of BMW's front wing. The lower part of this image displays the new wing and shows an extra horizontal fin was removed from the front wing end plates. Still, the wing has three elements contrary to the front wing... Read more

Hidden flipup at Super Aguri

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The 'new' SA06 is already here for its third GP, and it is still not very clear whether it is the step in the good direction that the team was hoping for. That it sported lots of changes is clear, and the lower flipup in front of the rear wheel is even more proof thereof. The item is somewhat similar to that of Midland and even Ferrari, albeit located lower to the ground. The element here is meant to provide extra downforce and possibly reduce drag as it has the same shape as the ma... Read more

Super Aguri's twin keel

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Although not new, the twin keel setup of the SA06 is worth a look. Even the SA05 had a similar keel layout as it too was an update of the Arrows A23 to comply with current regulations. Previously at Arrows, the keels (the right one is marked in the image by 1. ) stretched out vertically from the monocoque to the height of the reference plane. However, because of changes in the beginning of 2006, the technical regs now say "All bodywork situated forward of a point lying 330mm behind ... Read more

New front wing for Toyota

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Toyota have introduced a new front wing at Turkey as previously announced by their technical manager. The new wing has a leading edge that is more towards the design of other F1 cars today and looks like a move away from the body design method Toyota seem to have had with their recent cars. The upper part of the image is the front wing at Hungary while the lower part is the new front wing as displayed in Turkey. Aside the new shape of the base element, a new winglet introduced at Hu... Read more