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31 Oct 2014

Ferrari have made it public knowledge that over the next few GP's the teams will test components that may or may not feature on their 2015 challenger.  Parts that will be tested to assess performance and if they're lucky may even be retained as they try to finish the season with a flourish.

For FP1 one of these components made it's way onto the F14T in the form of new rear wing endplates.  The design may look familiar to those of you that follow the technical side of the sport as the gradient slots initially adorned the RB10.  In the case of Red Bull three slots took the place of the leading edge louvres, making for a more efficient mainplane and top flap (the slots or louvres are used in order to allow pressure to migrate from the high pressure side into the lower, reducing drag at higher speed).  In the case of these experimental iterations from Ferrari though, only 2 gradient slots adorn the endplate, inline with the mainplane.  The leading edge louvres take care of the airflow distribution / drag reduction of the top flap, however owing to their desire to increase the AoA/Downforce being generated by the wing they've also reduced the height of the rear cutout.
The F14T's rear wing endplates are becoming insanely complex (two leading edge tyre wake slots, mainplane gradient slots, upper louvres and trailing edge strakes to manage vortices), managing all of these flow structures must be incredibly difficult.

Whether the team continue to run this wing throughout the weekend remains to be seen.



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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