Formula 1’s three top teams arrived in Saudi Arabia this week with updates and new components in their crates, most of which are specific to Jeddah’s high-speed layout.
Red Bull is seeking to uphold the dominant form it displayed in Bahrain, although the team has warned that its RB19 likely won’t enjoy in Jeddah the edge it had at Sakhir.
As the circuit’s demands are better served with lower levels of downforce, Red Bull updates are centered around the RB19’s rear wing which features less cambered beam wing and rear wing elements as well as changes to the endplate geometry.
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Over at Ferrari, the SF-23 is carrying an updated front wing endplate that is not necessarily circuit-specific but is destined to improve performance and flow conditioning.
The Scuderia has also introduced a different forward cutout and raised trailing edge for its car’s floor which is part of the team’s development programme, while changes to the SF-23’s beam wing – which includes a depowered lower beam and a new upper slate element – are track-specific.
Mercedes is relying on a de-cambered upper rear wing and floor fence on its W14 to improve the car’s much needed aero efficiency.
Elsewhere, Aston Martin’s changes to the AMR23’s front wing, rear wing and beam wing are circuit-specific and done to reduce load and improve aerobalance set-up.
Finally, McLaren has introduced for its MCL60 a circuit-specific offloaded rear wing geometry to cater to Jeddah’s higher efficiency demands, and modified rearward floor shape for its diffuser.
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