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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.

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31 May 2015

McLaren, Lotus and Toro Rosso have all introduced splitters with fences added to the upper, outboard leading edge.  McLaren (above) introduced their fences (marked in yellow) as far back as Malaysia, whilst Toro Rosso updated theirs to three piece elements in Spain and Lotus introduced singular fences in Monaco.
 Above: The 3 element splitter fences used on the Toro Rosso STR10 (image: Giorgio Piola)
 Above: Lotus E23 in Monaco

These airflow conditioning devices have a wing shaped profile, which will create a pressure gradient/vortex that enhances the flow structure moving around the sidepods undercut.


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