Mercedes has revised the front wing which it introduced at last weekend’s race but did not use due to concerns over its legality.
The slot gap separators, which were believed to have attracted complaints from rival teams, have been removed (pictured above). Although the rules state up to eight of them are permitted on each side of the wing, they are permitted “for primarily mechanical, structural or measurement reasons.”
However Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott admitted they also enhanced the car’s aerodynamic performance.
“I think there’s a fuss about it because in the regulations it talks about the primary use being for ‘mechanical’ or ‘measurement’ purposes and clearly there is a secondary benefit of an aerodynamic design that’s in there as well,” he told media including RaceFans on Sunday in Austin. “We’ll decide whether we want to argue that one or not.”
The revised version seen in the pits at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez indicates Mercedes have decided not to push their case. The marks where the separators have been removed are clearly visible.
The wing was part of Mercedes’ final package of upgrades which it brought to the last race, and included revisions to the rear wing endplates and alterations to the floor.
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