MERCEDES FRONT WING
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.