Recognizing the crucial role of rear stability on the high-speed British track last weekend, Scuderia Ferrari decided to introduce a new beam wing specifically tailored for the Silverstone track. In contrast to the previous dual-wing configuration, the new design features a single element, drawing inspiration from Red Bull’s pioneering approach. The prominent angle of the beam wing allows for optimal airflow interaction with both the diffuser and the rear wing, resembling Red Bull’s successful “triple DRS” system known for its impressive straight-line speed.
The Maranello team’s adoption of a high-angle beam wing indicates their aim to achieve a similar outcome. This strategic decision can prove highly advantageous not only in high-speed corners but also in DRS zones, particularly when there is noticeable airflow separation in conjunction with an open rear wing.
As per the information received and reported by F1 journalist Rosario Giuliana and Giuliano Duchess for formu1a.uno, it is anticipated that some minor aerodynamic adjustments will be visible in the front section of the Ferrari SF-23 single-seater in the next round of the 2023 Formula 1 championship, the Hungarian Grand Prix, which will take place next week at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest, particularly with a slight revision to the final flap of the front wing.
Regarding this aspect, teams appear to be converging towards a configuration that increasingly emphasizes out-wash to enhance aerodynamic efficiency.
Mercedes itself, following the introduction of the new specification at the Silverstone circuit, has precisely shifted its philosophy towards directing airflow more prominently towards the exterior.
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At the Hungaroring circuit, the SF-23 single-seater will adopt a high-load configuration, and the Maranello engineers anticipate McLaren’s performance to be more reminiscent of their performance at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
A crucial aspect to observe will be the behavior of the Pirelli new structure tires given the higher asphalt temperatures which are expected for the Hungaran weekend. The unconventional strategies and asphalt conditions that characterized the Silverstone round have now shifted the focus to the Hungaroring, primarily to assess whether the SF-23 car can better adapt to the tires.
McLaren demonstrated impressive performance in the British Grand Prix, consistently achieving quick tire warm-up in low temperatures, partly aided by favorable track conditions and partly due to their car’s capabilities on a circuit where tire degradation was essentially minimal.