October 3, 2022

We’ll see a variety of solutions in play this weekend, but teams will likely settle for the lowest downforce setup they can get away with, so as not to be penalized on the long main straight that includes start/finish line.

Most have brought new low downforce front and rear wing solutions, while the general development war also continues to rage.

Here’s what the teams reported as new for the event:

Mercedes W13 rear wing

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes W13 front fender detail

Mercedes W13 front fender detail

Mercedes brought low downforce front and rear fenders, with a smaller chord and reduced angle of attack flap elements for the front fender (note how the trailing edge of the upper flap has been cut away) , while the upper rear wing members take up less space in the permitted box section.

Mercedes W13 mirror detail

Mercedes W13 mirror detail

The team also added a lower spoiler under the side impact system fairing (red arrow), which is loosely described as part of the mirror mount structure, but has more to do with correcting the steering of any localized flow that moves. the pontoon.


Red Bull

Flooring Red Bull Racing RB18

Flooring Red Bull Racing RB18

Red Bull Racing RB18 Diffuser

Red Bull Racing RB18 Diffuser

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Red Bull had already modified its front brake and caliper layout for Monaco and made further changes in Baku to improve cooling. Meanwhile, to help with the extra loads the floor will be carrying, the team added an external cable to better support the section in front of the rear tire.

It also changed the ground surface fillet radius to expose the fences to local load chasing, resulting in changes to the ground edge to further optimize performance across the board.

Interestingly, and not noted by Red Bull in the report, is the move to a single-beam wing element as it looks for ways to reduce drag without significantly compromising downforce.


Ferrari F1-75 rear wing detail

Ferrari F1-75 rear wing detail

Ferrari F1-75 mirror

Ferrari F1-75 mirror

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Originally anticipating that this would be its first outing in Miami, Ferrari installed a rear wing with what it describes as having “disabled” wing profiles to better suit the particularities of the Baku setup.

A new exterior mirror layout is also used on the F1-75 this weekend, which is a general development and not specific to Baku. The redesign features a new inner section with a steep vertical and horizontal interplay, rather than a slight curvature, to improve the routing of downstream airflow.


McLaren MCL36 rear wing

McLaren MCL36 rear wing

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren MCL36 front wing detail

McLaren MCL36 front wing detail

There is a new rear wing design for McLaren to meet the demands of the circuit, while a front wing flap has been developed to provide the appropriate balance adjustment range for the rear wing assembly at low supporting force.

McLaren MCL36 rear detail

McLaren MCL36 rear detail

Changes have also been made to the rear bodywork around the sidepods and engine cover in terms of cooling, with a reduced outlet size resulting in reduced drag.


Alpine A522 rear wing

Alpine A522 rear wing

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Alpine A522 side detail

Alpine A522 side detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Alpine has a number of elements on the A522 that target drag reduction, including a revised front wing design and a more bespoke rear wing design that not only reduces the size of elements in the bounding box upper, but also the size and shape of the beam flange elements.

In one of the more interesting changes that isn’t specific to the circuit, Alpine has revised the shape of the forward section of the sidepod.

This now squarer inlet design, which is a similar design to the one we’ve seen used by Aston Martin and AlphaTauri before, pushes the bodywork further forward, meaning airflow isn’t just captured faster through entry, it will also process the wake created by the front tire sooner.


Alpha Tauri

AlphaTauri AT03 rear detail

AlphaTauri AT03 rear detail

The AT03 has been fitted with a new rear wing assembly for Baku, which features a new beam wing layout to both increase downforce while reducing drag.

As a result, the front wing has new rear elements to reduce their chord length and level of incidence to help balance the car. Note also how it uses the rear cooling slat panel, which arches around the engine cover.


Alfa Romeo C42 front wing

Alfa Romeo C42 front wing

Alfa Romeo C42 rear wing

Alfa Romeo C42 rear wing

The C42 features a new re-profiled low-drag rear wing designed to complement the team’s medium-drag package, which is track-specific.

At the same time, the two upper elements of the front wing have also been revised, with elements adjusted and angled according to the balance required.


No major updates elsewhere

Aston Martin, Williams and Haas did not report the use of new components, although Haas did significantly reduce the trailing edge of their rear wing upper flap in an effort to reduce drag.

Haas VF-22 Garage

Haas VF-22 Garage

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