Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Bite-size tech: McLaren doing more 2017 investigation work

McLaren has continued the in-depth investigations it started in Austin in Mexico.

Jenson Button was tasked with evaluating the 2017 development front wing during FP1, whilst flo-viz paint was applied to various points on the MP4-31, including the front wing and chassis.

Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31 with flow-vis paint
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31 with flow-vis paint

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You'll also note that infra-red cameras, both front and rear facing, have been mounted on the horizontal part of the sidepod airflow conditioners, as the team looks to gather more information about the tyres.

McLaren MP4-31, detail
McLaren MP4-31, detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren has gone in the opposite direction of the rest of the field, opting to close up some of the apertures in the brake drum, retaining some of the heat being generated.

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Series Formula 1
Event Mexican GP
Track Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Teams McLaren
Article type Analysis
Topic Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis , Formula 1 2017