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Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid - updated nose section

15 Mar 2015

Mercedes’ F1 W06 Hybrid was the class of the field in Australia, with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg cruising to a one-two finish in the 2015 curtain raiser. We investigate one of the aerodynamic changes the Silver Arrows’ have made to their latest challenger…

Mercedes have made a change to the underneath of their nose section, which now has a ‘fat’ section (see arrow) on its underside that acts as an airflow passage. Mercedes have been able to make this alteration without having to homologate a new nose - the design is a cover of the original nose, meaning new crash tests were not required. The new section is fully integrated with the chassis.