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Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis
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Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Austrian GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Spielberg pitlane at the Austrian Grand Prix, giving insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams in pursuit of more performance.

Austrian GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

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Wheel rim of Lance Stroll, Racing Point

Wheel rim of Lance Stroll, Racing Point
1/21

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

A close up of the finned wheel rims from the Racing Point RP10.

Ferrari SF90, side view

Ferrari SF90, side view
2/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A decent shot of Ferrari’s floor, with the four elongated fully-enclosed holes parallel to the floor’s edge and the three fins mounted ahead of the rear tyre.

The steering wheel of Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG W10

The steering wheel of Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG W10
3/21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

The Mercedes W10 steering wheel from Bottas’ car shows us the numerous buttons, rotaries and switches at the driver’s disposal.

Ferrari SF90, front wing

Ferrari SF90, front wing
4/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A close up of the turning vanes mounted to the underside of the nose on the Ferrari SF90. These form part of a larger vane structure when the nose is attached to the car.

Ferrari SF90, front

Ferrari SF90, front
5/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A close up of the turning vanes mounted under the chassis, these mate with the ones on the nose to form a larger collective. The design of the vanes seen here are slightly different in Austria than in previous rounds too.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB15, leaves the garage with sensors attached

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB15, leaves the garage with sensors attached
6/21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Red Bull sent Verstappen out with kiel probe arrays behind the front wheels in Free Practice to gather data on the new wheel and brake setup introduced at the last round.

Renault R.S. 19, front wing

Renault R.S. 19, front wing
7/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Renault continues to evaluate the performance of various parts of the car, including teardrop-shaped structures with sensors housed within them for Free Practice.

Renault R.S. 19, front wing

Renault R.S. 19, front wing
8/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This front wing was also painted differently in the outer portion in order that footage of flexion captured by the hi-speed cameras could be deciphered.

Mercedes AMG F1 W10, front suspension

Mercedes AMG F1 W10, front suspension
9/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A look at Mercedes’ front-left brake drum, which for Austria has a window in it to release some of the heat generated by the brakes.

Bargeboard of Ferrari SF90

Bargeboard of Ferrari SF90
10/21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

A top-down overview of the SF90’s bargeboard region, which has slots in the surface of the uppermost elements that align with those on the reference plane in order to comply with the regulations.

Bargeboard of Ferrari SF90

Bargeboard of Ferrari SF90
11/21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

A great close-up of the Ferrari SF90’s splitter extension which is made up of several L-shaped sections.

Racing Point RP19, rear

Racing Point RP19, rear
12/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Temperatures and altitude at the Red Bull Ring often lead to teams having to make some cooling concessions – for Racing Point that’s resulted in a larger rear cooling outlet.

Renault R.S. 19, rear

 Renault R.S. 19, rear
13/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

It’s a similar solution for Renault, as they too increase the size of their cooling outlet to meet the circuit’s demands.

Ferrari rear wing detail

Ferrari rear wing detail
14/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

An overview of the Ferrari SF90’s rear wing, which (as it did in France) features far less strakes on the lower rear end of the endplate.

Renault R.S. 19, front wing

Renault R.S. 19, front wing
15/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A nice side view of Renault’s latest specification nose, introduced in France, that features a cape to condition the airflow around the structure.

Renault R.S. 19, rear

Renault R.S. 19, rear
16/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This rearward three-quarter view of the Renault RS19 gives us a look at the fully enclosed holes that run parallel to the edge of the floor and the adversely angled fin that’s recently been added ahead of the rear tyre.

Front wing of Racing Point RP19

Front wing of Racing Point RP19
17/21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

The two specifications of nose available to Racing Point for the Austrian GP, the lower of the two being the latest design, which features a raised set of nostrils and a cape draped beneath the main structure.

Renault R.S. 19, engine

Renault R.S. 19, engine
18/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A great shot of the Renault RS19 with its covers off, as we get to see how the power unit and ancillaries have been packaged.

Ferrari SF90, front suspension

Ferrari SF90, front suspension
19/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Detail on the Ferrari SF90’s front brakes has increased significantly this year as the team chase performance that others may have already attained. Note the use of the scalloped brake discs, a feature seen on several other challengers in the last couple of seasons.

McLaren MCL34

McLaren MCL34
20/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The McLaren MCL34 is readied for action, which gives us a good shot of some of the car’s front suspension and brake duct details. Note the small fins at the bottom of the brake drum assembly, a design much of the grid has adopted this year with the size of the fins heavily restricted by regulation.

Mercedes AMG F1 W10, engine

Mercedes AMG F1 W10, engine
21/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The Mercedes W10 in a state of undress as it’s prepared for action gives us a glimpse at some of the details that lie beneath the skin.

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