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F1: FIA bans unraced Mercedes front wing design · RaceFans

A entrance wing design which Mercedes produced throughout 2022 however didn’t race has been banned by the FIA.

Mercedes debuted a brand new entrance wing design as a part of a package deal of upgrades on the United States Grand Prix. However it didn’t race the brand new wing in its unique type as a result of issues it may very well be topic to a protest from rival groups.

The staff described its wing as having a “reduced camber front wing tip and additional slot gap separators.” However whereas the 2022 guidelines permitted slot hole separators to be added for “primarily mechanical, structural or measurement reasons,” these on the Mercedes wing appeared to supply an aerodynamic profit.

Mercedes determined in opposition to risking a protest over the wing and eliminated the slot hole separators earlier than the brand new wing was run for the primary time on the Mexican Grand Prix.

Revised technical rules for the 2023 season printed by the FIA have altered the definition of slot hole separators. While as much as eight separator brackets are nonetheless permitted on all sides of the automobile, the principles now state they need to “provide a structural connection between consecutive [front wing] profiles.”

During the United States Grand Prix weekend Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott mentioned the team had consulted the FIA on the design of the front wing before introducing it.

“We go through a CAD [computed aided design] review process with the FIA before we come to the circuit, that happens all the time,” he defined. “So it was something that was seen there and then they came back and said, ‘we’re not so sure about this’.”

Revised Mercedes front wing, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2022
Mercedes’ entrance wing after its slot hole separators have been eliminated

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