Bahrain GP: Latest F1 technical developments

Giorgio Piola
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Racing Point RP20 front wing detail

Racing Point RP20 front wing detail<span class="copyright">Giorgio Piola</span>
Racing Point RP20 front wing detailGiorgio Piola

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Two front wings are wheeled down the pitlane towards scrutineering for Racing Point. They have a very subtle difference, as the upper of the two has an upper flap that’s been trimmed back slightly and also has an additional metal support. The support will prevent the gap between it and the next flap opening and closing as load builds and dissipates and should offer a more consistent aerodynamic effect, which is especially important considering the flap tips help to shape the Y250 vortex formed beneath.

Ferrari SF1000 rear detail

Ferrari SF1000 rear detail<span class="copyright">Giorgio Piola</span>
Ferrari SF1000 rear detailGiorgio Piola

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Rear-end shot of the Ferrari SF1000, which has been transformed in the last few races in order to take on design influences from past designs. This includes the panel beside the crash structure, which forms a roof for the floor trough beneath the gearbox. Note the main cooling outlet is divided into two sections, with the upper section’s bodywork shorter than the bottom.

Ferrari bodywork detail

Ferrari bodywork detail<span class="copyright">Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images</span>
Ferrari bodywork detailMark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

This view of the engine cover before it’s put onto the car gives another view of the shorter cooling outlet created at the top of the larger inlet, with the bare carbonfibre section creating that divide.

Ferrari SF1000 front wing

Ferrari SF1000 front wing<span class="copyright">Giorgio Piola</span>
Ferrari SF1000 front wingGiorgio Piola

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Ferrari revised the nose design a few races ago, altering the position of the plow between the wing pillars and nose tip. Meanwhile, the upper flap of the front wing has been cut back in recent races, in the section just around the adjuster.

Alfa Romeo C39 front wing

Alfa Romeo C39 front wing<span class="copyright">Giorgio Piola</span>
Alfa Romeo C39 front wingGiorgio Piola

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Alfa Romeo front wings stacked up outside the garage as it prepares equipment for the race weekend – note the inboard upper flap elements are removed, so we can see the two strakes mounted to the underside of the wing.

Mercedes F1 W11 front view with DAS

Mercedes F1 W11 front view with DAS<span class="copyright">Giorgio Piola</span>
Mercedes F1 W11 front view with DASGiorgio Piola

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The Mercedes mechanics prepare the cars for action this weekend, note the DAS assembly is still in use on the W11 even in these closing stages of the season with both championships wrapped up, even though Mercedes won’t be able to use it next year.

Renault technical detail

Renault technical detail<span class="copyright">Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images</span>
Renault technical detailMark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Renault’s periscope-style airbox not only features the letterbox-style main inlet that can be seen above the halo, but also has a large opening beneath this, that feeds a cooler mounted on top of the power unit assembly.

Mercedes F1 W11 rear detail

Mercedes F1 W11 rear detail<span class="copyright">Giorgio Piola</span>
Mercedes F1 W11 rear detailGiorgio Piola

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Rear end of the championship winning Mercedes W11 – note the collection of fins mounted under the wastegate pipes – demonstrating wonderful attention to detail.

Racing Point RP20 rear detail

Racing Point RP20 rear detail<span class="copyright">Giorgio Piola</span>
Racing Point RP20 rear detailGiorgio Piola

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In this shot of the Racing Point RP20’s rear end, notice the contours of the rear wing endplates and how they meet at the tips of the serrated cutouts.

McLaren MCL35 rear detail

McLaren MCL35 rear detail<span class="copyright">Giorgio Piola</span>
McLaren MCL35 rear detailGiorgio Piola

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See how much tighter the central section of the diffuser is on the McLaren MCL35 when compared with the other teams.

Ferrari SF1000 rear detail

Ferrari SF1000 rear detail <span class="copyright">Giorgio Piola</span>
Ferrari SF1000 rear detail Giorgio Piola

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In this shot of the Ferrari SF1000’s rear end you’ll note the chequered stickers mounted on the various surfaces of the diffuser. These act as reference points that can be monitored by a hi-speed camera and will indicate how much movement there is. The team will then use this information to make improvements on the construction of those surfaces.

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