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Bite-size tech: Force India VJM09 front wing

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Bite-size tech: Force India VJM09 front wing
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Force India has made limited changes to the VJM09's front wing for the Red Bull ring in order to improve aerodynamic efficiency and cater for the circuit characteristics.

Since the arrival of the team's B-spec parts in Barcelona the team has steadily climbed up the grid, with the car out performing some of the more well equipped teams, especially in the hands of Sergio Perez.

Whilst not on the same level as the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico, the Red Bull Ring is 700m above sea level, which has a limited effect on both power unit performance and the amount of downforce that can be generated.

As such, it has made a change to its front wing in order to both maximise how the Y250 vortex is controlled as it is shed from the juncture between the mainplane flap and neutral section, as both flaps that reside above this region have been reshaped.

It's expected that the freshly laid tarmac, which is a little more abrasive will yield greater mechanical grip and as the aerodynamic changes implemented since Barcelona have improved the ability to generate downforce they may give some up to reduce drag.

For an overview of the changes that Force India introduced in Barcelona check out the following 3D animation.

 

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Series Formula 1
Event Austrian GP
Location Red Bull Ring
Teams Force India
Author Giorgio Piola