I have already commented this year that i think the 2010 F1 cars look a million times better than that of the 2009 model. There was also some new innovation on the cars like 50 winglet front ends and new rear diffusers. The diffusers have already stirred up some controversy, but so has a certain McLaren “snorkel” device that now Sauber is ready to test and other teams are close to their own design.
The piece in question is a vent mounted on the top of the nose. This vent allows air to move through the car, and with the control of the drivers knee, the air then “stalls” the rear wing allowing for a higher top end speed on straight aways. The device itself has been some what controversial as some call it a moveable aero device. Regardless of our opinion on the system, it has been deemed legal by the FiA. With that in mind, Sauber is said to be very close to their own version which could be fitted as soon as this weekend for Melbourne. Other teams like Ferrari and Mercedes GP are also working on a similar system, but it is not known when the “snorkel” could be fitted to the cars.
I think that regardless of the legality or opinion of the event, it does show that there still is some innovation going on in F1 and as long as the FiA don’t turn around and make it illegal half way through the year. The other teams have jumped on board it would appear and I look forward to watching Sauber use the device and even more interested in seeing what kind of advantage it gives them against their meed pack peers.