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Ferrari F2008 - front wing development 04 April 2008

Bahrain is a dramatically different circuit to the first two rounds of the year in Australia and Malaysia. Although it sports a very twisty central section, it's a medium-fast circuit with an average speed exceeding 220km/h. This calls for a completely different aero set-up, so as to maximise high-speed performance without losing the handling capabilities required by the Sakhir layout. Ferrari, who tested extensively here before the start of the season, have introduced a major revision to their front wing, giving it a deeply-sculpted outer edge (arrow) to its flap. This dramatically reduces drag, whilst at the same time improving the delivery of airflow to the sidepod inlets, paramount here as the high temperatures require highly efficient engine cooling.