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F1 technology trends 2013: We'll see these tricks again

F1 technology trends 2013
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S tillstand means going backwards in Formula 1, as is well known. Anyone who cannot keep up with the competition at the rate of development will automatically fall behind. Clever tricks do not go undiscovered for long at this high level. Interesting ideas are reproduced on the computer in a flash and tested in simulations. If an advantage of one's own emerges, it is mercilessly copied.

In the course of a season, however, not every trick can be imitated. Some solutions just don't fit into the concept of your own car. For example, Mercedes would have liked to emulate the competition from Red Bull or McLaren, who gained an advantage with flexible front wings. On the Silver Arrow, however, the air ducts of the double DRS prevented the wing from bending slightly in the wind.

New developments with old technology ideas

Sometimes copying a trick is also easy too complicated; too involved. Right from the start, the Mercedes was designed to integrate the air ducts from the rear wing across the car to the front wing. Reproduction impossible. Red Bull's complicated shaft system in the rear also remained without imitators until the end.

But that could change in 2013. When developing the completely new cars, the engineers had enough time to implement all of the competition's ideas. We will probably see the air duct in the rear a la Red Bull again in one way or another. The Mercedes double DRS, however, has no future. It is forbidden according to the new regulations.

Which exhaust variant prevails?

The exhaust remains a major construction site in 2013 as well. Little by little, all teams relocated their tailpipe into a canal in the past season. Only Williams and HRT relied on a conventional solution until the end. But there were also differences among the 'Coanda faction' - named after the physical principle of air conduction.

In 2012 two versions emerged. For example, Red Bull, Sauber and Lotus relied on Schacht, which was integrated on the inside of the top of the bonnet. McLaren, Ferrari and later also Mercedes took a different route. They laid the duct that directs the exhaust gases in an exposed dent on the outside of the body.

We cannot yet say which variant will prevail in the coming season. In our picture gallery we show the trends mentioned again and tell you what else we are doing in 2013 on the technology frontcan expect.


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