How McLaren has moved to address its F1 2023 drag woes

How McLaren has moved to address its F1 2023 drag woes
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How McLaren has moved to address its F1 2023 drag woes

McLaren focused on improving the aerodynamic efficiency of their MCL60 car, which proved to be too draggy for some circuits. At the Italian Grand Prix, they brought a track-specific design, but also tested a lower downforce variant for future races. The team used a different rear wing configuration on Oscar Piastri’s car compared to Lando Norris’, with Piastri’s car featuring a more loaded beam wing setup. They also implemented an upper corner infill panel for the endplate, a design previously seen on Alpine and Mercedes cars. Additionally, McLaren made a subtle change to the brake duct inlet at the front of the car to improve external flow and wake turbulence. Ferrari, on the other hand, ran the same rear wing design from 2022, featuring a shallow mainplane and a twin pillar arrangement. They also removed the Gurney flap from the upper flap to reduce drag.

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Source: Motorsport.com

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