Tech Talk: Mercedes Bahrain-spec front-wing

Daimler

13 April 2014 by Matt Somerfield
          

Mercedes have been testing and trialling a new front-wing since the Australian Grand Prix, but this weekend it finally made it onto the race-spec car for the first time.

The new wing features a change in endplate ethos (see above) whilst the smaller outer cascade has been replaced with a vertical fin.

At the last race in Malaysia the team continued to use the same front-wing as we had seen them utilise since pre-season testing, but allied to this were small vortex generators placed on the flaps in order to raise the efficiency of the rear strakes.

Mercedes utilised the new wing at the start of the Bahrain GP weekend and didn't look back. They did however learn from the specification used at the last race with vortex generators found on top of the lower-flaps in order to assist the rearward strakes (below).