Mercedes makes a lot of changes on the W14 ahead of Bahrain GP!

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Mercedes introduced numerous changes for the W14 ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Here they are, along with the team’s explanations!

Front Wing Endplate

Reason for change: Performance – local load

Difference: “Introduction of small flicks.”

Description: “The flicks help focus the vorticity shed from the wing tip vorticity, improving performance over a wider range of front ride heights.”

Rear Wing

Reason for change: Performance – local load

Difference: “Upper rear wing lifted tips.”

Description: “Offloading the tip of the wing has shed drag efficiently – this is important for Bahrain and a number of circuits in the early part of the season.”

Nose

Reason for change: Performance – flow conditioning

Difference: “Re-profiled underside of nose.”

Description: “Increased front wing local load and improved conditioning of the flow under the chassis and downstream – notably to the underfloor and fences.”


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Floor Edge

Reason for change: Performance – local load

Difference: “New increased camber forward floor edge wing, and reduced chord rear floor edge wing.”

Description: “Increased forward floor load, and cleaner rear floor edge wing vortex – which in turns increases diffuser load.”

Sidepod Inlet

Reason for change: Performance – flow conditioning

Difference: “Narrow sidepod inlet.”

Description: “Improved flow internally to the radiator resulting in more efficient engine cooling; also improved flow to the rear floor edge, providing more rear downforce.”

Front Suspension

Reason for change: Performance – flow conditioning

Difference: “Front track rod dropped to mid height.”

Description: “Dropping the track rod has improved the effectiveness of the lower wishbone to turn (downwash) the flow from the front wing for the benefit of the underfloor.”

Source: racefans.net

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