After the Hungarian Grand Prix wrapped up on Sunday, the F1 teams stuck around for the mid-season test. During the test, a few of the teams, namely Williams, Force India and Red Bull headed out sports new front wings.
The significance of the wings was that they are the specification that will make its racing debut in 2019. Today, these 3 teams provided a first look at the 2019 front wing regulations.
Earlier, the teams publicly declared their intention to run with experimental front wings. Then they carried out their plan on Tuesday morning at the Hungaroring.
The Williams and Force India raked in the miles with the new device on the car. The new wings are said to be 200mm wider and 25mm deeper. The features are also far less complicated without the endplates and wing elements.
According to the Red Bull and Force India schematics, both teams have four flaps above the main wing plane. Other features include long and gently curving endplates. This makes it an in-wash front wing.
The purpose of the above features is to stop teams from pushing air around the outside of the tyre. Meanwhile, the Williams wing sported similar endplates. However, this time four flaps were situated above a main plane. The plane splits in two, on either side of the middle, resembling its 2018 design.
In Red Bull’s case, their run plan was simple. Daniel Ricciardo completed an out-lap in the morning, while Oliver Rowland went on multiple out-laps in the Williams.
All teams will be hoping to obtain baseline data from their runs to compare with their simulation work back at the factory.
In the morning test, nine teams took to the track with only Haas F1 missing in action.
Antonio Giovinazzi (Ferrari), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and George Russell (Mercedes) also drove on Tuesday. Meanwhile Toro Rosso’s second car will be piloted by Formula 2 racer Sean Gelael for Pirelli tyre testing.
The absent Haas team felt that participation in the test was not the best use of their resources.