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Mercedes F1 W05 - chassis underside 12 February 2014

Like the new Ferrari, Mercedes' 2014 car has quite a pronounced step (smoothed by the covering bodywork) in the top of the chassis where it reaches the maximum height of 525mm (top arrow). However, whereas on the Ferrari the bottom chassis profile follows a similar path to the top, sweeping upwards, Mercedes' is lower than required by the regulations (dotted yellow line). This smoother path should allow for more consistent management of the airflow passing under the car before it reaches the front of the sidepods.