MERCEDES FRONT WING
The airflow structure of the car is all set up by the front wing. It’s vitally important that you minimise changes to this area, since there may be unintended consequences for the performance of every component downstream.
Comparing the Mercedes front wing from a very low-downforce track such as Monza (inset) to Suzuka shows how small those changes really are. Details on the turning vanes at the trailing top edge of the endplate change it from a single element to a double element. This allows this component to work harder and be more consistent.
The other small change for Suzuka was a slightly longer chord on the trailing flap (with Petronas logo). You can see the outer corner now cuts back into the black part of the wing.
Normally, to get an aerodynamic balance with varying levels of rear wing, the easy way is to adjust the front-wing angle. But that changes how the rest of the car works, so with these small front-wing alterations the team will have to have some other way of altering the car’s balance. A slightly higher front ride height will cost front downforce but not alter anything else too dramatically.
MONZA SUZUKA CHANGES