Technical analysis: United States



A strange looking, under-nose winglet appeared on the Ferrari in the US (see white arrows). Called “bat wing” due to its shape, the element is located in between the turning vanes and channels the airflow towards the lower part of the sidepods, while also helping generate healthy Y250 vortices. This intriguing device was first introduced on last year’s Mercedes W05 and kept on the 2015-spec Silver Arrow, but no other teams had copied it before Ferrari.

As a result, the Scuderia had to revise its turning vanes installation (see yellow arrow), which now features three elements that are all supported by the same horizontal element. Once again, the design has a bit of a Mercedes flavour.