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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.

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27 Feb 2015

Mercedes have introduced a new diffuser for the last test here in Barcelona, with changes made to the central boat tail.  I've highlighted the contour changes on the diffuser in the inset above, which provide a different angle of attack to their previous, flatter configuration (below), likely in an effort to give better balance.  You'll also note that the team have made changes to the Y100 region around the crash structure, changing both the ladder winglets and removing the longitudinal triangular strakes.  Like the diffuser below the winglet and gurney are contoured to match the diffusers surface changes, whilst you'll note the upper of the ladder winglets also extends back over the floor section to further capture and use the airflow migrating under the crash structure.



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