Felipe Massa handed Ferrari team mate Fernando Alonso a controversial victory in German Grand Prix, Hockenheim as the red team scored their second one-two of the season and the win they were under so much pressure to achieve before the summer break, beating Sebastian Vettel’s pole-winning Red Bull into third place.Below are some technical updates for some teams during the German Grand Prix last weekend.
RED BULL RB6 – F-DUCT SYSTEM MODIFICATION > 24 JULY 2010.
There are no large modifications on the RB6 at Hockenheim, with both drivers using the new front wing which sparked such controversy at Silverstone. There have been minor improvements to the team’s F-duct system, which, as illustrated here, is activated from within the cockpit by the driver covering a special vent (red arrow) with his left hand.
FERRARI F10 – REVISED EXHAUST SYSTEM > 24 july 2010.
Following on from the new front and rear wings introduced at Silverstone, in Hockenheim Ferrari have brought refinements to the F10’s exhaust system and modified the side channels of their diffuser. Inset is the first evolution of the exhaust system, introduced in Valencia, whilst the main drawing shows the more open configuration being used in Germany. Strong qualifying times suggest the changes mean the team’s F-duct, floor and blown diffuser are now working in much closer unison.
MERCEDES MGP W01 – REVISED REAR WING > 25 JULY 2010.
Mercedes have introduced a new rear wing in Germany. It has a large opening in the main plane (see red arrow), which creates something akin to a three-profile rear wing. The solution was introduced in Monaco last year by McLaren and copied by BMW Sauber. This rear wing is designed to work better with the car’s sophisticated F-duct system.
MCLAREN MP4-25 – BLOWN DIFFUSER MODIFICATIONS > 25 JULY 2010.
In Hockenheim McLaren have run the blown diffuser that they discarded on Friday evening at Silverstone, with some new modifications. The exhausts have been moved outwards, with a longer inner section, and the pipe is now cut off at an angle rather than having a straight ending. The carbon materials used on the diffuser’s side channel have also been changed.