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

French GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

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

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McLaren MCL34 front brake detail

 McLaren MCL34 front brake detail
1/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren will test a more aggressive ‘pushrod-on-upright’ solution on Carlos Sainz’s car during Free Practice. The bulbous cover is a giveaway for what’s concealed beneath, and is a similar solution to the one we’ve seen Mercedes use since the start of the season.

Ferrari SF90 front wing detail

Ferrari SF90 front wing detail
2/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari has a new front wing available in France, which as we can see in this picture features a new shorter endplate design with rearward cutout. Meanwhile, an additional triangular fence sits astride the footplate to help divert flow outboard and a small vertical Gurney on the trailing edge of the footplate will have its own aerodynamic benefits.

Front wing of Ferrari SF90

Front wing of Ferrari SF90
3/21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

The wing elements have also had their shape and chord altered to take advantage of these alterations and better align the wings downforce and flow conditioning goals.

Front brake disk of Ferrari SF90

Front brake disk of Ferrari SF90
4/21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

This is a great shot of the Ferrari SF90’s front brake assembly without the drum installed, as it allows us to see how the inlet feeds the various areas of the assembly with the cool airflow it collects.

Front wing of Ferrari SF90

Front wing of Ferrari SF90
5/21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

This side-on view of Ferrari’s new endplate shows us the height of the new triangular flow diverter, the Gurney and the shape of the cutout.

Front wing of Mercedes AMG F1 W10

Front wing of Mercedes AMG F1 W10
6/21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

A good view of the inner tips of Mercedes front wing flaps. It has split the secondary flap into two sections at this inboard end in order to influence the Y250 vortex that’s shed beneath.

Front wing of Mercedes AMG F1 W10

Front wing of Mercedes AMG F1 W10
7/21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

This is also a good close-up of the outboard end of the Mercedes W10’s front wing, which shows us how much of the wing is proportioned off for flow conditioning and cannot be effected by wing angle changes, with the wing adjuster in the top of the shot.

Ferrari SF90 front wing detail

Ferrari SF90 front wing detail
8/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This shot of the new Ferrari front wing gives us an idea of just how sculpted the endplate is and perhaps gives us more of an understanding of how much outwash the designers are looking to generate with it and the new add-ons.

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 rear detail

 Mercedes AMG F1 W10 rear detail
9/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A close-up of Mercedes rear wing endplate and the three rearward hanging vanes, along with the recently-added upwash strikes.

Toro Rosso STR14 side detail

Toro Rosso STR14 side detail
10/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Toro Rosso’s bare mirror housing and enveloping fin helps to improve flow around the mirror.

Renault R.S. 19 front wing detail

Renault R.S. 19 front wing detail
11/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Renault has made changes to its nose for the French GP, incorporating a cape solution like the one first seen at Mercedes and subsequently copied by Williams, McLaren and Racing Point.

Renault R.S. 19 front wing detail

Renault R.S. 19 front wing detail
12/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

As a comparison here’s the old nose design without the cape.

Red Bull Racing RB15 front brake detail

Red Bull Racing RB15 front brake detail
13/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A close up of the Red Bull RB15’s front brake duct assembly without the drum reveals the various channels that the airflow is passed through from the inlet to the discs, calipers and out through the wheel face for aerodynamic assistance.

Red Bull Racing RB15 front detail

Red Bull Racing RB15 front detail
14/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull has a new wheel rim for the French GP which sees the inner ring removed, slimline spokes employed and a much smaller stub axle and retaining nut.

Sidepods detail on the car of Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB15

Sidepods detail on the car of Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB15
15/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull has also made further refinements to their mirror housings, easing away more of the bodywork from the actual mirror body to improve airflow around the entire structure.

Front detail of the car of Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren MCL34

Front detail of the car of Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren MCL34
16/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Another view of the pushrod-on-upright solution that McLaren will test on Sainz Jnr’s car during Free Practice.

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 rear bodywork detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 rear bodywork detail
17/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The shot of the Mercedes W10 from behind shows us the cooling panels that the team is looking to deploy for this race, with the open-ended transition panels from the halo in use, along with the louvred panels, both of which release heat generated within the sidepod.

Bargeboard on Mercedes AMG F1 W10

Bargeboard on Mercedes AMG F1 W10
18/21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

The extremely intricate and complex region between the front wheels and sidepods on the Mercedes W10, with the various aerodynamic appendages that have grown out of what we consider a traditional bargeboard.

Front wing of Racing Point RP19

Front wing of Racing Point RP19
19/21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Two front wing/nose solutions are available to Racing Point in France, with the lower of the two being the latest specification and the one that features smaller ‘nostrils’ and a cape solution mounted under it.

Mercedes AMG W10 diffuser detail

Mercedes AMG W10 diffuser detail
20/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A glorious shot of the Mercedes W10’s rear end shows us how well defined and shaped all of the suspension components are, including the housing of the driveshafts within the lower wishbones. Meanwhile, notice the lower T-Wing that the team have perched beneath the rear leg of the upper wishbone, further improving the cars aerodynamic output.

Red Bull Racing RB15 front wheel detail

Red Bull Racing RB15 front wheel detail
21/21

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Another view of Red Bull’s front brake duct, this time when assembled and showing off the curvaceous cooling inlet, which has been split into various channels in order to feed cool air to the various components.

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