MERCEDES FRONT WING

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

To bal­ance the car with Monza wing lev­els, teams have to find the best way to re­duce front down­force. Be­cause the front-wing as­sem­bly is so com­pli­cated and af­fects the air­flow around the rest of the car so dra­mat­i­cally, this is no easy task.

Mercedes chose to run a re­duced­chord-length front-wing trailingedge flap. This means that the wing an­gle will stay close to its op­ti­mum, with the re­sult that the air­flow char­ac­ter­is­tics com­ing off the trail­ing edge will be very sim­i­lar, just that lit­tle bit less pow­er­ful.

It also fit­ted a trail­ing-edge gur­ney flap. These changes are de­signed to have con­trol­lable and well-un­der­stood air­flow-sep­a­ra­tion ar­eas to help the bal­ance of the car move rear­wards with speed. This flap helps with air­flow reat­tach­ment on the wing’s un­der­sur­face and also im­proves front-wing per­for­mance in lower-speed cor­ners.

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