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Renault R29 - front aero package 04 February 2009

Despite the restrictive aerodynamic rules for 2009, teams have adopted various approaches to the front ends of their cars. The major design difficulties to overcome have been the standardised central section of the front wing and the wing's lower position, which together risk making the nose very pitch sensitive under braking. To avoid this on the R29, Renault have adopted a stepped main profile, which helps create a kind of Venturi effect under the nosecone. The nose's bulging shape is designed to speed up airflow, reducing pressure and boosting downforce, whilst the two central pillars boast backward extensions that continue along the underside of the nose, acting like turning vanes. The wing features a single flap and wide endplates which divert air away from the front tyres and reduce drag.