Mercedes front wing fails crash tests

The Mercedes Formula 1 team will be using an old-specification front wing at Australia, after their updated version has failed the mandatory crash tests.

The new wing, which is designed to aid airflow underneath the car and improve all-round aerodynamics is one of many upgrades the outfit were planning to bring to the season opener at Albert Park, but it appears as it will have to wait until Malaysia before it is debuted.

Designer, Aldo Costa commented earlier in the season stating Mercedes' intentions for the upgrade; "With the new front wing we are on an extreme way." It appears as if their aggressive approach has not paid off, and it may see the team slip behind the likes of Williams and McLaren for Melbourne.

Reportedly, the new version is rather radical, with the front wing hanging in front of the tip of the nose.

It is reported that the other updates include a slightly redesigned rear-end which will channel air towards the rear wing and tires to generate more downforce.

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