Godius wrote:It looks like they have also ditched the slots on the end-plates
Indeed, louvers are a way to balance the vortex formations, but a source of drag per se. We are talking about, again, for an L/D compromise with regards to the general setup.
BTW, I have added the term, louvers, to our Glossary page yesterday - http://www.f1technical.net/glossary/l
Heiki reported that shifting into 1-st gear is 'quite lethal', suggested coasting from second. Giedo reported no general issues apart from the very wet track.