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Chinese GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

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Chinese GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages
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Apr 13, 2018, 8:02 PM

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images uncover the latest technical details on show in the Shanghai pitlane.

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Vortex generator on Mercedes AMG F1 W09

Vortex generator on Mercedes AMG F1 W09
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A mechanic places a serrated strip on the trailing edge of the rear wing’s mainplane, in order to vorticose the airflow and improve the wing’s efficiency. Mercedes did the same thing at times in 2016.

Mercedes AMG F1 W09

Mercedes AMG F1 W09
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The front wing on Valtteri Bottas’s W09 during FP1.

Ferrari SF71H

Ferrari SF71H
3/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari tested a spoon-shaped rear wing, with open-ended style endplate louvres, in FP1 ahead of Baku. The ‘spoon’ is used in order to improve straightline speed without drastically reducing downforce.

Ferrari SF71H

Ferrari SF71H
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

As a comparison the more conventional-shaped rear wing Ferrari has utilized thus far in 2018.

Red Bull Racing RB14

Red Bull Racing RB14
5/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A detailed look at RB14’s bulkhead and front suspension.

Force India VJM11 Mercedes

Force India VJM11 Mercedes
6/17

Photo by: Sutton Images

Force India admits to having issues with the rear end of their 2018 challenger – here it paints the sidepods, floor and diffuser in flo-viz in order that it can look for indications of where it’s going wrong.

Force India VJM11 Mercedes

Force India VJM11 Mercedes
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Photo by: Andrew Hone / Motorsport Images

And another view while out on track.

Ferrari SF71H rear diffuser detail

Ferrari SF71H rear diffuser detail
8/17

Photo by: Sutton Images

A close up of Ferrari's diffuser in the central channel.

Ferrari SF71H rear diffuser detail

Ferrari SF71H rear diffuser detail
9/17

Photo by: Sutton Images

And another wider-angle view.

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 front suspension detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 front suspension detail
10/17

Photo by: Mark Sutton

A close up of the caged ‘heave’ damper on STR13’s front suspension.

Force India VJM11 rear detail

Force India VJM11 rear detail
11/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A close-up of the outer section of the VJM11’s diffuser.

Red Bull Racing RB14 front suspension detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 front suspension detail
12/17

Photo by: Sutton Images

A close-up of the RB14’s front suspension ‘heave’ damper.

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 chassis and front suspension detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 chassis and front suspension detail
13/17

Photo by: Mark Sutton

A look at the chassis and suspension on W09.

Red Bull Racing RB14 wheel hub

Red Bull Racing RB14 wheel hub
14/17

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Front brake assembly, including the drum which regulates the movement of heat.

Red Bull Racing RB14 wheel hub detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 wheel hub detail
15/17

Photo by: Mark Sutton

For comparison, RB14’s front brake assembly prior to the brake drum being installed.

Force India VJM11 wheel hub

Force India VJM11 wheel hub
16/17

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Rear brake assembly, sans drum, reveals the inner setup of the brake system.

McLaren MCL33 aero detail

McLaren MCL33 aero detail
17/17

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Team has added a row of winglets on the outer footplate of their diffuser in China, as it looks to excite the diffuser’s edge vortex.

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Series Formula 1
Event Chinese GP
Location Shanghai International Circuit
Author Matt Somerfield