Mercedes has made significant changes to its W14 car for the Monaco Grand Prix, replacing its infamous zeropod solution with a more conventional downwash ramp-style configuration. The front sidepod features a more traditional hooped shaped inlet and undercut, whilst the front suspension layout has been adjusted, with the inboard end of the lead arm of the upper wishbone residing in a higher position on the chassis. Haas has copied Mercedes and Ferrari, introducing outwash generating slot gap separator brackets, although Mercedes never raced its version.
McLaren’s MCL60 boasts fins on its front brake caliper to help manage temperatures, whereas Red Bull’s RB19 features a higher downforce rear and beam wing layout with a deeper profile and a steeper angle of attack. Ferrari’s SF-23 front brake assembly has a ladder-style fairing enclosing the brake caliper whereas the Alpine A523’s front brake layout has teardrop-shaped holes to allow heat generated by the drill holes in the disc to escape.
Williams has trialing different wing configurations during practice, whilst AlphaTauri’s rearview mirror assembly was updated at the Miami Grand Prix to include a winglet under the main assembly. The team has also added an aerodynamically-friendly blister around the upper flap’s pivots.
In terms of the challenges presented by the more cramped garage setup in Monaco, teams often have to pass parts and equipment down from the loft space to the garage below. The Alfa Romeo C43’s steering wheel is equipped with various buttons, rotaries, and switches to control the chassis and power unit’s parameters. Aston Martin will be using a high downforce rear and beam wing layout in Monaco, similar to Red Bull’s arrangement, complete with a V-groove in the upper flap’s centre.