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The impact of changes made by Ferrari and Mercedes at Silverstone

Both Ferrari and Mercedes have made some alterations to their cars ahead of the British Grand Prix. RacingNews365.com technical analyst Paolo Filisetti explains the reasons behind these changes.

Leclerc Silverstone
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Ahead of the British Grand Prix, Ferrari have not only revised the floor of the F1-75 and adopted the same rear wing introduced in Canada for Charles Leclerc.

The Scuderia have additionally revised the rear edge of the sidepods at Silverstone, creating a slimmer and longer coke bottle-shaped section.

The purpose of this change is to increase the functionality and efficiency of the beam wing.

It is a revision that helps in straight-line speed, but also in improving the quality of the airflow directed towards the beam wing, increasing both the extraction of the flow underneath the car and the downforce in the fast bends section of the track.

			© RN365/Paolo Filisetti
	© RN365/Paolo Filisetti

Mercedes aim to reduce porpoising

Over at Mercedes, the team have developed the floor of the W13. The function of the change is to contribute towards the reduction of the porpoising. Two different slits have been raised in the middle section of the floor.

The inner edge of these slits are reinforced by a metal edge plate, which has the same purpose of the additional stay that was briefly ran on the car in Canada. The stiffness of the side edges of the floor are increased by this evolution.

Underneath, a series of winglets are diverting outwardly the airflow passing under the front section of the floor, in a similar fashion to the solution adopted in the same area of the floor by McLaren.

			© RN365/Paolo Filisetti
	© RN365/Paolo Filisetti

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