Tech: How Monaco aero tricks have evolved

Tech: How Monaco aero tricks have evolved

Formula 1 teams used to turn up to Monaco with all kinds of extreme high-downforce aero. That's no longer the case with higher-downforce run at most tracks in 2016, but there's one key area of the car where the innovation and variety is focused for Monte Carlo

Monaco is a unique circuit, but it no longer has unique high-downforce requirements for Formula 1 teams.

Increasingly, teams are running high downforce at most tracks, but Monaco doesn't have a sensitivity to drag compared to conventional circuits, as the average speed is so slow. As a result, teams do not tend to produce the extreme Monte Carlo aero set-ups that we have seen in the past. But the same basic tricks still apply: maximum downforce, raised suspension, and bodywork trimmed to allow maximum turning angle.

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