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Tech insight - Haas’s extreme American aero

24 Oct 2017

US team Haas introduced their biggest new aero package of the season at their home race in Austin…

Most visible was the revolution made in the VF-17’s barge board section, with a very sophisticated layout based on Ferrari’s principle of having a horizontal bargeboard with big slots, or fingers (red arrow), in front of the sidepod’s upper section. Haas have made the fingers even sharper, and have not included them in a fairing – meaning the team’s mechanics will have to take great care when working on this part of the car. It’s a big evolution for Haas, but such extreme solutions are likely to raise further questions over whether the rules give teams too much design freedom in this area.