MERCEDES BARGEBOARD DE­VEL­OP­MENTS

Autosport (UK) - - PIT + PADDOCK - GARY AN­DER­SON

When you look at a For­mula 1 car go­ing through the cor­ners and bounc­ing across the kerbs, you have to won­der if all these small bits can ac­tu­ally make any dif­fer­ence. But the an­swer is they do. It’s what hap­pens when the car lands that gives the driver the con­fi­dence to at­tack the cor­ner, and if a car lands and grips then the driver will push harder.

These small de­tails (red ar­rows) that Mercedes has added to its al­ready in­cred­i­bly com­pli­cated bargeboard area will just im­prove con­sis­tency and reat­tach­ment of the air­flow in a cer­tain area. This will mean the un­der­floor will re­cover faster from a ver­ti­cal ac­cel­er­a­tion.

In the longer, more sta­ble cor­ners such as the two Les­mos and the Parabol­ica, this will im­prove the over­all down­force from the un­der­floor.

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