After Saudi Arabia, Formula 1 returns to Australia to kick off the third stage of the 2023 season. The Albert Park circuit has different characteristics as compared to Jeddah and more similar to Bahrain. Let’s see in this comparison, the rear wings chosen by the top teams to compete in the third round of the F1 championship at Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne.
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Among the leading teams, the aerodynamic choices are mostly medium-load configurations. These rear wing specs are the same as we saw in the first round of 2023, with Ferrari and Aston Martin opting for slightly different wings. Red Bull has opted for a rear wing with a generous chord, useful for protecting the tires from slipping on this smooth asphalt. This specification certainly won’t penalize the RB19 too much in terms of top speed, given its efficiency.
Mercedes and Ferrari have opted for medium downforce solutions to try to have good top speeds, especially between turns 8 and 11. For the moment, Aston Martin has installed a medium-high downforce specification, but has decided to reduce the chord of the movable flap to slightly limit drag.
Bypassing the leading teams, the sides that make up the rest of the grid have opted for specifications useful for increasing downforce. Alpine is the team that has installed, for the moment, a wing characterized by a very narrow spoon, with the aim of finding efficiency in the endplate area. For the moment AlphaTauri is the team with the most unloaded wing on the grid, characterized by a mainplane with a flat geometry and reduced chord. Haas and McLaren have opted for medium-high downforce specifications, with slight differences on the mobile flap. In fact, Haas seems to have a slightly longer string and should help the VF-23 overtake with the DRS open. Alfa Romeo has also opted for a medium load specification on its C43, but it seems less efficient than Haas and McLaren in the endplate area.
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On all the specifications seen for the moment, the teams have installed the gurney flap on the mobile element of the wing, with the aim of increasing the generated load even more. This decision to raise the downforce levels was deemed necessary due to the nature of the track. In fact, being a semi-permanent circuit, the asphalt is quite smooth and slippery. There are also various traction corners that require excellent grip even at low speeds.