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How to move an F1 team around the world


 

Caterham F1 Team Manager Graham Watson explains how a Formula 1 team goes about transporting its entire racing operation around the world week after week.

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Understanding braking efficiency and downforce: Caterham F1 technical


 

 

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F1 pit stop procedure: Caterham F1 technical


 

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How F1 suspension works: Caterham F1 technical


 

 

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Caterham Unchained: Guide to an F1 steering wheel


 

 

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Caterham CT3 – new rear wing in Canada but only for free testing sessions


Left image the raced spec – right images the tested spec

Left image the raced spec – right images the tested spec

    The Canadian rear wing spec was actually the Bahraini spec with a more neutral and flat shaped main flap. Furthermore a gill-less endplate spec with launch style endplate cut on top was tested but not finally raced .

     Canadian circuit requires a lower amount of downforce than most tracks need, so Caterham choice not to race a lower downforce set up revealed once more the car’s inability to generate enough grip.

Caterham CT3 – New rear wing part of the major upgrade package launched in Bahrain


new spec , first raced at Bahrain on Charles Pic only

new spec , first raced at Bahrain on Charles Pic only

    At Bahrain Caterham pushed to launch a major upgrade package, including a new rear wing. However Charles Pic was the only driver to have the new rear wing and some of other upgrades for race.

     The new wing design had new straight endplate gills, also increased in number from four to five, new endplate vanes close to the diffuser roof, new endplate cut at top (bringing back in memory old Renault style endplates ) , a main plane with  curved upwards centre section (the old was flat)  and finally new beam winglet. All changes added more downforce and alongside with the rest aero changes improved the car balance and stability in both low and high speed turns.

    In Spain both drivers raced with the new wing.

shorter endplate vanes for the new spec

shorter endplate vanes for the new spec

Below follows some key spots on the launch spec rear wing

Caterham CT3 RW Launch 11a F

Launch spec key spots

1. mini plane – resembles to old Williams style

2. endplate gills, reduce drag favoring top speed

3. the endplate has a distinctive cut on top for drag reduction

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