Ferrari F14T – Airbox winglet addition before Melbourne
Ferrari brought back the old common airbox winglet , existent on almost all Formula 1 cars since a decade ago. Regulation changes over years made this distinctive aerodynamic device to vanish . In F14T case though that winglet version is placed above the roll bar and not behind the airscoup as was accustomed to during the past years . Its neutral shape and location helps to provide a better flow towards the rear wing’s profile rather than create downforce itself.
It still remains unclear whether it could even enhance the positive effect of DRS, boosting a bit the top speed or not . This is hard to say for now by simply comparing top speeds of cars, for two main reasons. First Ferrari powerunit at time being is considered less efficient than Mercedes and secondly there is still insufficient top speed data to compare. However a rejection of that winglet in ultra low downforce circuits like Monza would probably indicate the opposite.
The winglet made its debut in second Bahraini test and retained for season opening race in Melbourne.