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23 Aug 2014

Spa's unique circuit characteristics demand good top speed for the 1st and 3rd sectors whilst retaining a high level of downforce for sector 2.  This therefore makes for an interesting decision process when designing/selecting a rear wing, with most of the teams bringing a new specification of rear wing to cater for these demands, Ferrari are no exception.

Of course they completed correlation work to asses its merits in comparison to the standard specification too (below).

The newer wing (top and below) features a much shallower angle of attack for the Mainplane and Top Flap, whilst the endplate louvres which are used to reduce tip vortices are reduced from 5 to 3 (owing to the shallower AoA).  The chance of rain for qualifying/race and/or down to assessment work conducted in FP1&2 we may still see Ferrari run with the older specification as a precaution.
NOTE: As this piece was written after FP2 you should be aware that both drivers opted for the higher downforce wing for qualifying/race day.


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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