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F1 designers go to extraordinary lengths to refine the design of the front wing because it has far more effects on the aerodynamics than any other part of the car probably five to ten times more effect, more than the much discussed diffuser including the DDD (I am not talking about a EBD which will not be with us next year and which is a rabbit out of the hat only because it is blown by engine off throttle mapping). The most important thing of the front wing is called the “outwash” this is because the front wheels are the two parts working the hardest (against) to upset the airflow all over the car and the front wing being directly in front of the wheel controls this effect. The front tip vortex and front wheel wake are the most important things to control in F1 aerodynamics, 50/60 percent of the aerodynamics of an F1 car is concentrated on this vital area.



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