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Ferrari F2008 - barge board development 05 July 2008

Compared with Force India's extensive aero redevelopment for Silverstone, the changes to the F2008 look insignificant at first sight. But Ferrari have in fact developed many details of the car to optimise its already excellent balance for the specific demands of the British track. One interesting example is the addition of a tiny winglet on each of the bargeboards (see inset). Placed in the middle of the shield, the winglet (blue arrow) acts as an airflow splitter to better direct air into the sidepod inlet. At the same time it works in conjunction with the huge slitted winglets placed in front of the sidepod. This modification helps with the rapid changes of direction needed at Silverstone, by reducing turbulence - and the car's sensitivity to it.