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F1 Forensics: Hungary Analysis… August Summer Break
Dr James Beck is currently on holiday in sunny Greece so we won’t have a F1 Forensics looking at underlying race pace.
And on that note, TJ13 will also be scaling down a bit for much needed rest however our project manager, John Myburgh, will be around and should any interesting news break publish it.
Windtunnel woes continue for Ferrari
We know Ferrari used Toyota’s windtunnel in Cologne to design the F138 due to their tunnel being unavailable while being upgraded.It appears Ferrari is running into problems upgrading their own windtunnel.
Deputy chief designer for Ferrari, Simone Resta, admitted ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix that the team was still working hard to get on top of its issues. When asked about it [the windtunnel] he said, “It is difficult situation. We are still struggling. We are working on an external windtunnel and we have our own one. It has been a problem. We are working on it, but we will sort it out“.
When asked when they will sort it out he replied, “late summer“. Could it be that Alonso will get a below par 2014 challenger yet again?
McLaren back to the future
While very little nes was available over the last three weeks it appears McLaren have been burning the midnight oil. Having effectively stopped developing their 2013 car to focus on 2014 they still managed to put a new package on the MP4-28… one which resembles the MP4-7
Last year McLaren ended the season with the fastest car and then decided to go down a completely new development route. This decision is haunting the team however, first indications of the ‘new’ upgrade looks promising.
So whats new; New front wing, new mounting struts to the wing, new air deflector on the nose, new deflectors in front of the sidepods, new exhaust, new engine cover, new rear brake ducts and a new floor changing the way the air is channelled at the rear wheels, all very close to the MP4-27.
In an interview to AMuS, Whitmarsh said most of the changes are in line for next year’s car. “Except for the exhaust modification, all other modifications are for next year’s car“.
They have now changed their aerodynamic philosophy back to their 2012 car. Whitmarsh said, “The entire flow from the front to the rear was restructured”. Just after Silverstone Whitmarsh said they are having problems with the wake from the front suspension and having gone back to last year’s aero philosophy it seem to have cleaned up some of the dirty air.
Whitmarsh believes McLaren has learnt a lot in 2013 and they are now on the right track… time will tell.