Bahrain GP: Latest F1 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments on display at the Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir, courtesy of Giorgio Piola.

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Racing Point RP20 front wing detail
Racing Point RP20 front wing detail
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Two front wings are wheeled down the pitlane towards scrutineering for Racing Point. They have a very subtle difference, as the upper of the two has an upper flap that’s been trimmed back slightly and also has an additional metal support. The support will prevent the gap between it and the next flap opening and closing as load builds and dissipates and should offer a more consistent aerodynamic effect, which is especially important considering the flap tips help to shape the Y250 vortex formed beneath.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF1000 rear detail
Ferrari SF1000 rear detail
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Rear-end shot of the Ferrari SF1000, which has been transformed in the last few races in order to take on design influences from past designs. This includes the panel beside the crash structure, which forms a roof for the floor trough beneath the gearbox. Note the main cooling outlet is divided into two sections, with the upper section’s bodywork shorter than the bottom.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari bodywork detail
Ferrari bodywork detail
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This view of the engine cover before it’s put onto the car gives another view of the shorter cooling outlet created at the top of the larger inlet, with the bare carbonfibre section creating that divide.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Ferrari SF1000 front wing
Ferrari SF1000 front wing
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Ferrari revised the nose design a few races ago, altering the position of the plow between the wing pillars and nose tip. Meanwhile, the upper flap of the front wing has been cut back in recent races, in the section just around the adjuster.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Alfa Romeo C39 front wing
Alfa Romeo C39 front wing
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Alfa Romeo front wings stacked up outside the garage as it prepares equipment for the race weekend – note the inboard upper flap elements are removed, so we can see the two strakes mounted to the underside of the wing.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes F1 W11 front view with DAS
Mercedes F1 W11 front view with DAS
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The Mercedes mechanics prepare the cars for action this weekend, note the DAS assembly is still in use on the W11 even in these closing stages of the season with both championships wrapped up, even though Mercedes won’t be able to use it next year.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Renault technical detail
Renault technical detail
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Renault’s periscope-style airbox not only features the letterbox-style main inlet that can be seen above the halo, but also has a large opening beneath this, that feeds a cooler mounted on top of the power unit assembly.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Mercedes F1 W11 rear detail
Mercedes F1 W11 rear detail
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Rear end of the championship winning Mercedes W11 – note the collection of fins mounted under the wastegate pipes – demonstrating wonderful attention to detail.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Racing Point RP20 rear detail
Racing Point RP20 rear detail
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In this shot of the Racing Point RP20’s rear end, notice the contours of the rear wing endplates and how they meet at the tips of the serrated cutouts.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren MCL35 rear detail
McLaren MCL35 rear detail
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See how much tighter the central section of the diffuser is on the McLaren MCL35 when compared with the other teams.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF1000 rear detail
Ferrari SF1000 rear detail
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In this shot of the Ferrari SF1000’s rear end you’ll note the chequered stickers mounted on the various surfaces of the diffuser. These act as reference points that can be monitored by a hi-speed camera and will indicate how much movement there is. The team will then use this information to make improvements on the construction of those surfaces.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola


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