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Abu Dhabi GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

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Abu Dhabi GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane
By: Giorgio Piola
Co-author: Matthew Somerfield
Nov 22, 2018, 5:46 PM

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Yas Marina pitlane at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, giving insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams in pursuit of more performance – even at the final round!

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Ferrari SF71H, front wing

Ferrari SF71H, front wing
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari will trial a 2019-style front wing, similar in overall design to its current specification but devoid of the cascade and endplate furniture, while the endplate itself is also simplified. This will give the team some real-world data to work with and feed back into their design considerations for next season.

Ferrari SF71H nose and front wings

Ferrari SF71H nose and front wings
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A comparison of the 2019-styled wing (top) and the current design (bottom).

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 front wing detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 front wing detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A close-up of the Mercedes W09’s front wing, the design complexity of which we will not see next season.

Haas F1 Team VF-18 nose and front wings

Haas F1 Team VF-18 nose and front wings
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Photo by: Mark Sutton

The two front wing specifications available to Romain Grosjean, note the alterations made to the upper flap, especially in the region next to the adjuster.

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 nose and front wings

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 nose and front wings
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

Toro Rosso’s front wing design, the complexity level of which is now at the end of its cycle given the much simpler wings that’ll be used next season.

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 in the garage

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 in the garage
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Photo by: Mark Sutton

The Toro Rosso mechanics and Honda technicians prepare the STR13 for its last outing of the season.

Red Bull wheel rims

Red Bull wheel rims
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Photo by: Lionel Ng / Sutton Images

Red Bull’s ‘ribbed’ rear wheels, used to help regulate the temperature of the rim and by virtue of this the tyre.

Ferrari SF71H, cockpit

Ferrari SF71H, cockpit
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An overview of the Ferrari SF71H’s cockpit, halo and the halo-mounted mirrors.

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 front wing

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 front wing
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

An unusual view of the Mercedes W09’s nose shows the overall scope of the ‘cape’.

Ferrari SF71H bargeboard detail

Ferrari SF71H bargeboard detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A close-up of the SF71H, its upturned floor and the three strakes placed in its leading edge which help to guide the airflow that passes by.

Ferrari SF71H nose aero detail

Ferrari SF71H nose aero detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A close-up of the SF71H’s ‘S’-duct inlet which itself is subdivided into several sections.

Ferrari SF71H front wing detail

Ferrari SF71H front wing detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

The SF71H’s front wing, with its divided endplate and raised outer footplate, which is reminiscent of the design used by Red Bull for some time now.

Ferrari SF71H aero detail

Ferrari SF71H aero detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A fantastic view of the SF71H’s turning vanes, note that the forward elements are mounted to the nose, whilst the rearward ones occupy space under the chassis.

Ferrari SF71H rear floor detail

Ferrari SF71H rear floor detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

Looking back down the length of the Ferrari SF71H we can see the level of detail now present in the outer 100mm of the floor, opened up when the wording of the regulations were not amended but the width of the floor was.

Ferrari SF71H bargeboard detail

Ferrari SF71H bargeboard detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A great shot looking down over the bargeboards, splitter extension and leading edge of the floor, showing off the complexity of this area of the floor.

McLaren MCL33

McLaren MCL33
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

This shot not only shows us the one-off livery to be used by Fernando Alonso in Abu Dhabi but also the complexity of the floor’s outer section.

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Series Formula 1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Author Giorgio Piola