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Ferrari F150o – Comparison between all front wing versions raced and tested over 2011 season


             A Front wing version that is used in a certain race is highly linked to the circuit special characteristics , with the most important of which to be the downforce level .Thus we expect from teams to race similar or even the same front wing for circuits of similar downforce level  .

              To simplify the study ,circuits are categorized according to relative downforce level into sub groups

Circuit

Downforce level

Italy

Very low

Canada

Low

Korea , Belgium

Medium

India ,  Abu Dhabi  , Brazil , Great Britain , Europe (Valencia) ,  China , Malaysia

Medium/high

Australia , Japan ,  Germany  (Nürburgring) ,  Spain , Turkey

High

Singapore ,  Hungary , Monaco

Very High

      Some of  other characteristics of 2012 circuits useful  to explain front wing  option at each race are summarized below

 

main characteristics

Bahrain

out of 2011 calendary

  Australia

minimal grip levels because it is a street track

Malaysia

 high-speed corners, rapid changes of direction and slow hairpins

 China

compromise between slow-speed grip and straightline speed

Turkey

fast turns and a slow section

  Spain

a variety of medium, high-speed and slow-speed corners

Monaco

tight hairpins and corners

Canada

Good traction out of the slow corners and stability over the bumps is important

 Europe (Valencia)

Top speed but good grip in slow turns and chicanes  

  Great Britain

fast turns

  Germany  (Nürburgring)

mix of cornes , hairpins

  Hungary

narrow track with slow and medium fast corners

Belgium

combination of slow, medium and fast corners together with long ‘straights’

 Italy

lowest levels of drag

 Singapore

high kerbs , slow corners

  Japan

high-speed technical corners

  Korea

Long straights, hairpins and a very narrow final sector

 India

combination of slow corners and high-speed straights

 Abu Dhabi

compromise between the contrasting fast and slow sectors

 Brazil

perfect mix of medium and slow speed corners, long, fast straights , very bumpy

 

     In total Ferrari tested on track over 2012 season ( including pre season testing ) at least thirteen types of front wing but only the ten of which were used in race .There were even races where Alonso andMassa raced different wing specs .

Analysis on all wing specs

WING SPEC

DEBUT

Analysis ( click on link)

1st

Launch

Link1

2nd

Barcelona test on March

Link2

3rd

Barcelona test on March

Link3

4th

China , only tested

Link4

5th

China , only tested

Link5

6th

Spain , tested only

Link6

7th

Monaco

Link7

8th

Canada

Link8

9th

Hungary , tested only

Link9

10th

Belgium

Link10

11th

Belgium

Link11

12th

Korea

Link12

13th

Abu Dhabi & Brazil

Link13

The spec raced by each driver at each race  :

 

      

Australia

Malaysia

China  

Turkey

Spain

Monaco

Front Wing   Alonso

 

3rd

3rd

3rd

5th

5th

7th

Front Wing  Massa

 

3rd

3rd

3rd

5th

5th

7th

 

Canada

Europe

G.Britain

Germany

Hungary

Belgium

Front Wing  Alonso

8th

6th

6th

6th

6th

11th

Front Wing  Massa

8th

8th

6th

6th

6th

10th

 

Italy

Singapore

Japan

Korea

India

Abu Dhabi

Brazil

Front Wing  Alonso

10th

9th

9th

12th

12th

12th

13th

Front Wing  Massa

10th

9th

9th

9th

12th

9th

12th

     

      Summarizing all the data the wing specs can be categorized as follows  : 

Wing spec

Downforce level of circuits that the wing spec was raced / tested

3rd

 

Medium/high ,

High

4th

refined 3rd spec

Medium/high ,

High

5th

new design

High

6th

refined 5th spec

Medium/high

Very High

7th

New design

Very High

8th

Modified 7th spec

Low

Medium/high

9th

Modified 6th spec

Medium

Medium/high

High

Very High

10th

Refined 7th spec

Medium

11th

New design

 (hybrid design between 7th and 10th spec)

Medium

12th

New design

Medium

Medium/high

13th

  refined 12th spec

Medium

Medium/high

Conclusion

      Development rate effects mainly wing’s  individual characteristics but rarely the basic structure-design of the wing itself . That is because any serious wing change reveals a more aggressive development or in some cases car balance issues or even both . Usually teams prefer to refine and improve an already efficient wing rather than race totally new designs . Another good approach is to see what rivals do and copy some of their solutions if of course suit to your cars’s special aerodynamic behavior .

     Having the previous in mind we can say that Ferrari launched

  • 5 new front wing specs  ( 1st , 5th , 7th , 11th , 12th )
  • 8 front wing specs considered modifications of standard designs  (2nd , 3rd , 4th , 6th , 8th , 9th , 10th 13th )
  • 1 front wing spec based on a rival team design (the 12th is based on  Red Bull ‘s design)

      It is common to see teams fighting for championship to launch several front wing specs but for Ferrari case the 13 specs are simply too many . The large number reflects somehow the team’s struggle  to close the speed gap between the F150o and Red Bull RB7, having at the same time a car  that faced balance issues early in the season .

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  1. Bouke Sb
    December 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

    You continue to amaze with the amount of work and level of detail you provide, thanks!

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