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I'm Matthew Somerfield, a freelance journalist focused on the technical elements of Formula One. It has been a pleasure to provide content via this site for the last 5 years, which has led me to several paid freelancing jobs along the way. I'm currently plying my trade with and working alongside the legend that is Giorgio Piola.

This has seen the content here diminish as a result and I'd like that to change. In order to accomplish this I need your financial support, as I need to break free of the shackles of doing this part time. If you like the content I've been producing and want more of it I'd ask that if you can spare some change each month it'd go a long way towards transforming this site into the technical behemoth I know it can be.

As such I've set up a 'tip jar' over on Patreon and will continue to set goals and rewards based on our success -

3 Oct 2014

Mercedes have introduced a new diffuser for Suzuka which deletes one of the standout design considerations their previous one featured.  Gone is the centralised 'U bend' which not only allowed access to the engines starter but also allowed airflow from the upper surface to permeate the diffusers airflow structure.  It's a design feature that has since been assimilated by McLaren but now appears to be defunct in the eyes of Mercedes.  They have returned to a more conventional boat tail centre section with a hinged flap, allowing access to the starter.  Furthermore you'll note the team (like many of the others on the grid) have installed a row of small vortex generators on the transition between the plank and diffuser.


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