As a part of its remaining F1 replace package deal of season, Mercedes launched a brand new entrance wing for the W13 at the USA Grand Prix final week, with the primary glimpse rising final Thursday.
But it surely emerged that a few of Mercedes’ rivals had flagged considerations with the FIA about the usage of a novel slot hole separator bracket design on the wing and the place it lay throughout the rules.
Mercedes by no means deliberate to run the wing in Austin, solely bringing it to the race for freight causes, however a modified model has now emerged.
Technical director Mike Elliott mentioned final Sunday that whereas the staff thought the wing was throughout the rules, modifications could also be made to keep away from a problem from rivals.
The up to date model of the wing has now damaged cowl on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez forward of this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
Given the wing’s redesign isn’t totally reliant on the outwash-generating brackets mounted between the 2 higher flaps, the staff seems to have eliminated them and changed them with the extra typical horseshoe-like brackets.
Mercedes W13 entrance wing comparability
Photograph by: Giorgio Piola
The flaps nonetheless carry the scars of the place the brackets had been mounted to the flaps – the darker patches – with the staff having to fastidiously take away them with out damaging or stressing the weather.
The wing will nonetheless carry the brand new design options within the outboard part of the wing, with the flap and endplate juncture altered to raised affect the airflow and create extra outwash than its predecessor.
It stays to be seen if Mercedes or if any of its rivals will pursue the fashion of slot hole separator bracket design seen in Austin (above, inset).
Nevertheless, it thought the FIA additionally has reservations because it strikes aways from the first objective of the design from being a assist that reduces flexion to one thing that performs a extra distinguished aerodynamic position.