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Azerbaijan GP: Key F1 tech updates, direct from the garages

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Azerbaijan GP: Key F1 tech updates, direct from the garages
Matt Somerfield
By: Matt Somerfield
Apr 28, 2018, 6:57 AM

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images uncover even more technical developments and details on show in the Baku pitlane.

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Ferrari SF71H mirror detail

Ferrari SF71H mirror detail
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Ferrari has optimised its wing mirrors for Baku, adding three small triangular shaped flaps onto the upper and corner surfaces of the mirror in order to affect the flow field around them.

Red Bull Racing RB14 rear wing detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 rear wing detail
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Red Bull is utilising an extremely low downforce rear wing in Azerbaijan as they counter the powerunit deficit they have to the Mercedes and Ferrari powered teams along the main straight.

Williams FW41 front detail

Williams FW41 front detail
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The FW41 outfitted with kiel probe arrays just behind the front wing to establish if the revised flap configuration is working as expected.

Red Bull Racing RB14

Red Bull Racing RB14
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Red Bull conducts a wheel rim clearance test in order to ascertain that the rim doesn’t touch any bodywork after the team have affected repairs on Max Verstappen's car.

Ferrari SF71H front wing detail

Ferrari SF71H front wing detail
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Ferrari’s new-for-Baku front wing, which features a revised endplate canard (arrowed) and the movement of the segregated endplate flap which is now mounted on the flapped section, rather than the endplate, invoking a different aerodynamic effect as the wing becomes loaded.

Ferrari SF71H front wing detail

Ferrari SF71H front wing detail
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As a comparison here’s the older specification wing, complete with two-piece canard and the endplate flap mounted on the endplate.

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 rear wing detail

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 rear wing detail
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An all-new rear wing assembly for Renault in Azerbaijan as they look to deal with the varied downforce and drag demands of the Baku street circuit. This new wing is spoon-shaped and utilises just two open end style louvres in the endplate with which to alter the tip vortex.

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 rear wing detail

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 rear wing detail
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A rearward shot of Renault’s new rear wing arrangement which also features the McLaren style-strake arrangement in the central transition portion of the endplate.

Williams FW41 rear wing detail

Williams FW41 rear wing detail
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Williams has a spoon-shaped rear wing available in Azerbaijan.

Red Bull Racing RB14 front detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 front detail
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Red Bull prepared Daniel Ricciardo’s RB14 with kiel probe arrays behind the front wheels in Free Practice 1 as it looks to establish whether a revised front wing was providing the uplift in performance that had been expected.

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 front wing detail

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 front wing detail
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Renault has a new front wing design available in Baku as the team look to improve its form in comparison with the lead trio. The wing features three upper flaps that have been squared off at their tips and a large cut out in the upper outer section. Meanwhile the ‘r’-shaped cascade has also been considerably enlarged, altering how airflow is pushed across the face of the tyre.

Ferrari SF71H detail

Ferrari SF71H detail
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A forward shot of the bargeboards serrated footplate and vertical flow vanes on the Ferrari SF71-H.

Force India VJM11 floor detail

Force India VJM11 floor detail
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Force India’s correlation issue with its sidepod design for 2018 has been met with a blunt rectification in Baku, the small fin added in the pods midriff will create a pressure gradient that improves the flow characteristics to some extent.

Ferrari SF71H rear wing

Ferrari SF71H rear wing
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Another look at the spoon shaped rear wing being utilised by Ferrari in Baku.

Sauber C37 front detail

Sauber C37 front detail
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Sauber has introduced an enlarged ‘S’-duct outlet in Azerbaijan, as the trailing edge of the nose now features a half-crescent shape.

Ferrari SF71H rear wheel hub

Ferrari SF71H rear wheel hub
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Ferrari’s rear brake drum continues to feature airflow control strakes which help to direct the airflow moving between the drum and wheel rim.

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Series Formula 1
Event Azerbaijan GP
Location Baku City Circuit
Author Matt Somerfield
Article type Special feature