Ryan Wood  |    11 May 2017

Mercedes gets winged-nose and intricate bargeboards for Spain


Mercedes is throwing everything at title rival Ferrari with its Spanish Grand Prix upgrade package, which features several major changes, including a new rear-wing, a winged-nose and intricate bargeboards, as it seeks to overhaul the Italian outfit.

The two teams have been locked in a fierce battle for the championship in the opening four rounds, having taken two wins apiece.

Spain traditionally marks the first race of the season where teams introduce large-scale upgrades and Mercedes are living up to that with their latest package.

As our images show, Mercedes has a new winged-nose (above) unlike anything on the grid. The aim of this is to channel air, which falls off the flat section of the nose, toward the bargeboard area. Whilst this airflow wouldn't necessarily be lost without the 'wings', it should arrive at the mid-section of the car in a neater and therefore more efficient flow.

This update works with the new intricate bargeboards (below) which feature several rows of teeth, again these help to condition and direct the flow to where it's needed, specifically the rear and underside (diffuser) of the car.

Mercedes is also said to be introducing its latest engine spec in Spain which will be exclusively for factory drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, with customer teams having to wait until later in the season for the more powerful engine.


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