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Tech insight - Ferrari front wing pillars

09 Oct 2016

Pre-race form at Suzuka suggested that Ferrari have the upper hand over arch-rivals Red Bull at the Japanese circuit. Here’s one update that may just be helping them achieve that…

All weekend the Italian team have been using the new front wing that they tested briefly last time out along with other aero updates in Malaysia. At first sight the most relevant difference is the pillars which connect the wing to the nose of the SF16-H. As can be seen in the right-hand drawing, these are now longer at the rear (yellow highlight), with a shape similar to those seen on the McLaren. Also different are the turning vanes under the nose, which now feature three elements instead of two, and are no longer attached in the first section of the nose cone. The revisions have also no doubt been made with 2017’s revised aero regulations in mind.