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23 Apr 2014

Williams once again arrived in China looking to make a step forward and had several parts to evaluate, as we can see from the Wing stack above these changes included two front wings.  The changes might seem outwardly small (not even visible to some at first glance) but the top flap of the lower wing is much shorter in chord at the inner section, whilst the outer section of the flap retains a little more height.  After back to back testing the solutions the team opted to run the lower wing in this image.

As we can see in the upper of the two on track images Felipe Nasr filled in for Bottas and set about assessing a new rear wing top flap.  The flap consists of a V in it's centre which helps to bleed off some of the drag induced by the component.  The team could have been testing this for future races or decided it didn't offer enough balance as the team decided to run with the none V'd flap for the race.


Whilst I'm trying to keep atop of the blog you may have noticed of late that there is less content appearing. For those of you that haven't realised, most of my work has now been moved over to where I'm working with Giorgio Piola.

As some of you may have found out already I'm also working with the Missed Apex crew on their podcast from time-to-time, either doing race reviews or dedicated 'Tech Time' shows.

I've embedded the latest version of the podcast below and will update this a frequently as I appear. However, please head over to Itunes if you want it to appear in your player when episodes are available. The show is great to work on and has a great lineup of 'regulars' but has also enticed some bigger names recently too, with Will Buxton and Bradley Philpot on shows during the summer break.

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