Toro Rosso STR9 - new front wing 22 June 2014
Toro Rosso introduced a new front wing in Austria, as part of a much larger upgrade package including a new underfloor and rear wing assembly. As the front wing is the first part of the car to disrupt the airflow it can have serious effects on how the rest of the car works downstream. This new assembly is more sympathetic to the airflow that goes inside the front tyre which means the airflow going to the leading edge of the car's underfloor has more energy left in it. This in turn allows the diffuser to work more aggressively, creating more underbody downforce. The new wing (inset) has a smaller upper forward wing and a more pronounced vertical turning vane, along with some detail changes on the flaps. In itself the revised wing is not really a big development. However, it allows the rest of the car to perform better, as witnessed by the team's pace in Spielberg.