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Italian GP: Latest key F1 technical developments

McLaren MCL35 front wing detail

McLaren MCL35 front wing detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Most of the focus on downforce and drag reduction is on the rear wings at Monza but, in order to balance the car, the front wing is also run with a lower angle of attack and usually with a slimmer upper flap.

Ferrari SF1000 front wing detail

Ferrari SF1000 front wing detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This specification wing was briefly tested by Charles Leclerc in Belgium last week, along with a lower downforce rear wing.

Red Bull Racing RB16 rear wing detail

Red Bull Racing RB16 rear wing detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull ran a particularly skinny rear wing at the Belgian GP in an effort to offset the power deficit to Mercedes but for Monza it’s gone a stage further, running without the trailing edge Gurney on the upper flap, which itself is cut back further still.

Racing Point RP20 rear

Racing Point RP20 rear

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The Racing Point rear wing has been modified slightly since its last outing at Spa, with the team running less angle of attack on both profiles, while the upper element is devoid of the Gurney flap on the trailing edge.

Racing Point RP20 front

Racing Point RP20 front

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The requisite changes have been made on the front wing too, in order to achieve the right balance, as the upper flap has been cut accordingly.

Ferrari SF1000 front wing

Ferrari SF1000 front wing

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A top-down overview of Ferrari’s front wing which shows how little of the uppermost flap remains.

AlphaTauri AT01 front wing

AlphaTauri AT01 front wing

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The front wing on the AlphaTauri AT01 has also had the upper flap cut down to trim the car out for the demands of Monza.

McLaren MCL35 rear detail

McLaren MCL35 rear detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Having opted for a relatively high downforce level at Spa, McLaren has installed a much lower downforce rear wing on the MCL35 for the Italian GP.

Mercedes F1 W11 rear detail

Mercedes F1 W11 rear detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes had this lower downforce rear wing at their disposal at the Belgian GP but opted for something more substantial so it could balance the car and make gains through the trickier second sector. The height differential of the mainplane compared with the previous specification can be seen by the stubbier DRS actuator pod.

Mercedes F1 W11 front suspension detail

Mercedes F1 W11 front suspension detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A great picture of the Mercedes W11 here during the buildup phase, as we can see the brake assembly without the drums attached, the heave damper on full display and a unique view of the bargeboard region which shows the various serrations and slots that have been made in the main structures.

Renault F1 Team R.S.20 front wing

Renault F1 Team R.S.20 front wing

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Looking down into the pitlane, this shot of the Renault RS20’s front wing and nose shows how far the cape stretches back under the chassis in relation to where the nose finishes.
Renault F1 Team R.S.20 rear
Renault F1 Team R.S.20 rear
Photo by: Giorgio Piola
Meanwhile, at the rear of the car, the team already ran in a very low downforce configuration last weekend and so there’s only a small difference in specification for Monza.

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