Deconstructing Formula 1: The front wing

Deconstructing Formula 1: The front wing

Between now and the end of the season AUTOSPORT's technical expert Gary Anderson is going to take you through a Formula 1 car from the front to the back and explain how all the various components work independently. This week - the front wing

As defined by its name the front wing is the first component to embrace the air flow. It's function is to produce the front downforce required to balance the car and whilst doing that minimise the effect it has on the air flow coming off its trailing edge to allow the rest of the car to work as efficiently as possible.

As a rough guide the front wing will produce something in the region of 80 per cent of the front downforce, which in turn would be about 40 per cent of the car's total downforce. The front wing endplates are critical to the efficiency of the wing assembly and also the consistency of the aerodynamic centre of pressure, especially when the steering is turned.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just