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

British GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

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

British GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

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Mercedes AMG F1 W10 side detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 side detail
1/14

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

After problems in Austria, Mercedes has initially set the W10 up with a less intrusive cooling package for Silverstone, with the same louvred panel alongside the cockpit but without the outlet on the transition of the halo into the bodywork.

Racing Point RP19 front wing detail

Racing Point RP19 front wing detail
2/14

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A close-up view of Racing Point’s new front wing, which features a new, shorter footplate design that looks to alter the ferocity, shape and trajectory of the vortex that’s created by it.

Front wing of Ferrari SF90

Front wing of Ferrari SF90
3/14

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

An interior shot of Ferrari’s front wing, which shows not only the rear cutout on the endplate but it’s also interesting to note that where the flaps meet with the endplate has been altered too.

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W10 rear wing detail

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W10 rear wing detail
4/14

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This overview of the Mercedes W10’s rear end shows how tight the bodywork is, so much so that blisters on the engine cover are used to envelope the internal components.

Ferrari SF90 bodywork

Ferrari SF90 bodywork
5/14

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A small change but a significant one in terms of packaging and weight is the introduction of a revised engine cover for Ferrari. Previously the cooling outlet at the rear of the bodywork comprised several panels but has been replaced by a cover that incorporates this section of bodywork.

Alfa Romeo Racing C38 nose detail

Alfa Romeo Racing C38 nose detail
6/14

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Alfa Romeo is the latest team to deploy a ‘cape’ solution on its nose, which collects and repositions the airflow that passes by the structure, in order to improve performance downstream. Slightly out of shot the team also has a new front wing, which sees the mainplane’s leading edge lifted in the outboard section, with a subsequent alteration to the flaps that succeed it.

Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.19 rear wing detail

Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.19 rear wing detail
7/14

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This shot of Renault’s rear wing shows us how the team is using a design that looks to trade some downforce for drag reduction, with a smaller wing box section and an upturned leading edge on the mainplane just a couple of the tools at its disposal.

Renault F1 Team R.S.19 rear detail

Renault F1 Team R.S.19 rear detail
8/14

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This image affords us a fantastic view of the Renault RS19’s power unit and some of the layout of some of the ancillary components.

Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing RB15 rear wing detail

Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing RB15 rear wing detail
9/14

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull’s RB15 not only carries the 007 logo for the British GP but also retains the recently introduced exhaust and engine cover package. The wastegate pipework, that was previously mounted just above the upper suspension leg, has been placed higher up in-line with the cooling outlet being increased in size to accommodate changes made by Honda.

Front brake of Renault R.S.19

Front brake of Renault R.S.19
10/14

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

A look into the Renault garage as the RS19 is being prepared affords a view of various aspects of the car that would otherwise be covered up. In the foreground we can see the internal workings of the front brakes, as the drum ordinarily placed over them to improve braking and cooling efficiency is not yet in place. The side-impact support spars, which largely dictate the shape of the sidepods, are clear to see behind, while the inboard suspension elements can also be viewed at the front of the chassis.

Front wing of Ferrari SF90

Front wing of Ferrari SF90
11/14

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Another look at the changes made to Ferrari’s front wing just a few races ago, which features a cutout in the rear section of the endplate, a revised footplate and a triangular vane mounted atop it to divert airflow outboard.

Williams FW42 side detail

Williams FW42 side detail
12/14

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Williams has made changes to the FW42 for the British GP as the team alters the aerodynamic paraphernalia that surrounds the sidepod. The vane that usually crosses over the top of the sidepod, and blends with the tall vertical part of the deflector, now stops short and features an inverted arched profile. This is a design trait consistent with one we’ve already seen deployed by Red Bull in recent years that creates a specific aerodynamic airflow structure that assists in the performance of the sidepods.

Front brake of Ferrari SF90

Front brake of Ferrari SF90
13/14

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

A close up of Ferrari’s front brake assembly which has recently undergone some changes in order to improve braking efficiency for the given circuit.

Ferrari SF90 floor detail

Ferrari SF90 floor detail
14/14

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A close-up view of Ferrari’s floor, whichhas metal inserts embedded into it in areas of weakness. Flexibility here would make for airflow inconsistencies that would be damaging to performance.
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