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Monaco Grand Prix 2023

Red Bull avoid big Monaco updates, huge upgrades from midfield teams

Red Bull have kept their updates to a minimum for Monaco, whilst Mercedes, Ferrari and Aston Martin all bring performance upgrades in a bid to close the gap.

Despite Mercedes making the headlines for their revolutionary approach to car development, many of the remaining Formula 1 teams have also elected to bring a host of updates to the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

The cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix prompted teams to delay their planned updates by one week, with teams hoping they can still gather enough data from the principality to validate their findings.

On top of that, many have brought modifications designed to tackle the unique street circuit, with some teams - like Red Bull - hoping that some finetuning will be enough to retain their competitive edge.

Mercedes' updates have been well documented already, with the Brackley team focusing on reprofiled bodywork, revised front suspension, and modifications to the floor and rear wing.

Red Bull avoid big updates

With many believing that the Monaco GP is the best opportunity to topple Red Bull in 2023, the Milton Keynes team have opted to bring track-specific updates in a bid to maintain their 100% winning start to the season.

The RB19 will be equipped with a higher-downforce rear wing to try and create more load in the lower-speed conditions of the Monaco circuit, with the only other change located at the front suspension, which has been modified to accommodate the greater steering lock angles. Drivers are required to steer at full lock at the Casino hairpin, and several teams have made tweaks to factor this in.

Ferrari are many people's choice for qualifying, with the team proving to be street circuit specialists in recent seasons.

Their SF-23 car will be aided by updates, originally planned for Imola, to the rear 'corners' of the car, which include tweaks to the rear brake ducts, cooling inlets and suspension fairings.

They have also chosen to deploy higher-downforce top and lower rear wings to eke out as much performance as they can from the low-speed circuit.

Aston Martin, meanwhile, have brought several changes to the front and rear suspension, along with circuit-specific changes to the rear brake ducts (for the unique cooling requirements of Monaco) and rear wing.

Midfielders aiming to make leaps forward

Two of this season's strugglers, AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo, have decided to bring wholesale changes to Monaco.

The team who are currently second-to-last in the Constructors' Championship, AlphaTauri, have brought along a brand new floor design, new diffuser, revised sidepod inlets, and new engine cover, front suspension and rear wing.

Alfa Romeo have brought with them a revised engine cover, design changes to the floor body and floor edges, and new rear suspension and brake ducts. They have also brought circuit-specific tweaks to the rear wing and cooling slots.

Alpine bring with them modifications to the front suspension, sidepod inlets and floor, along with the Monaco-specific rear wing changes, whilst McLaren's bid to recover from a poor start continues with minor changes to the floor fences and rear winglets. The Woking team also have a new rear and beam wing for Monaco.

The Williams FW45 only features specific modifications for Monaco, with the team altering the front suspension to help with the tight corners, along with tweaks to aid cooling and a new rear and beam wing.

Interestingly, Haas are the only team to have brought a new front wing to Monaco, along with the required Monaco-specific suspension changes.

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