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Technology upgrades GP Mexico 2016: Ferrari copies Red Bull wings

Technology upgrades GP Mexico 2016
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S since the Grand Prix circus is back in Mexico- City Station, the Formula 1 technicians break out in a sweat once a year. The thin mountain air 2,229 meters above sea level has an impact on propulsion and aerodynamics that should not be underestimated. The engines run with specially adapted mappings. For example, the turbo blades have to turn faster so that the V6 engines don't breathe when they have 23 percent less oxygen.

Thin air changes aerodynamics and cooling

Despite this, the wings of the cars are growing long straights as steep as in Monaco. 'From the downforce it feels like you're driving in Monza,' explained Nico Hülkenberg. The top speeds above 360 ​​km /h even top the values ​​from the Italian full gas temple.

he modification changed the flow. Small cameras were also mounted on the wings above the side pods, which took pictures while driving.

At Ferrari, the engineers are also still looking for more downforce. It was only in Malaysia that a so-called “batwing” was attached to the red cars under the front chassis segment, which was supposed to direct the air backwards in a controlled manner. The concept had been copied by Mercedes.

At the races in Austin and Mexico, the Italians had an alternative solution ready again. Following the example of Red Bull, a wing element was attached to the front runner of the underbody. During the first test in Texas, the part on Sebastian Vettel's car flew off after a few laps and damaged the exterior mirror. The second test run by Kimi Raikkonen in Mexico went without complications.

In the gallery we show you the upgrades and special Mexico parts in detail.


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