Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Azerbaijan GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

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Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images uncover the latest technical details on show in the Baku pitlane.

Ferrari SF71H rear wing detail

Ferrari SF71H rear wing detail
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Ferrari is once again evaluating a spoon-shaped rear wing with open-end style endplate louvres in Baku as they look to reduce drag but maintain as much downforce as possible.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF71H cockpit detail

Ferrari SF71H cockpit detail
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The SF71-H’s cockpit and halo detail, note the extra paddle on the rear of the steering wheel which been the topic of much debate since the Chinese GP.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ nose detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ nose detail
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A rare glimpse of the internal ductwork which is usually housed with the Mercedes W09’s nose as part of the ‘S’-duct pipework.

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McLaren MCL33 rear wing

McLaren MCL33 rear wing
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The lower downforce rear wing that McLaren is set to trial in Azerbaijan, as it looks to cure some of its aerodynamic ills.

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Red Bull Racing RB14 is worked on in the garage

Red Bull Racing RB14 is worked on in the garage
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The Red Bull mechanics prepare the RB14 ahead of Free Practice on Friday.

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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’s front wing, a design that has followed a path initiated by Red Bull whereby the tips of the flaps are curled upward, rather than downward in order that the airflow cast from them affects the Y250 vortex differently.

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Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 detail
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The spoon-shaped rear wing already tested by Mercedes in China is installed on the car in Baku as the team looks to meet the downforce requirements of the street track.

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McLaren MCL33 cockpit detail

McLaren MCL33 cockpit detail
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A fantastic view of the McLaren MCL33’s cockpit and the rear paddle arrangement on the steering wheel.

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Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ is worked on in the garage

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ is worked on in the garage
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The Mercedes W09 is prepared for action in the Baku pitlane.

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Ferrari SF71H barge board detail

Ferrari SF71H barge board detail
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A clear shot of Ferrari’s bargeboards, which have had their complexity increased even further in 2018.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 bodywork detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 bodywork detail
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A close up of the intricate area ahead of the rear tyre on the Toro Rosso STR13, which features numerous L-shaped slots, a floor edge flap and a vertical floor strake.

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Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 sidepods detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 sidepods detail
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The area ahead of the sidepods on the Mercedes W09 which contains the ever more complex bargeboards, floor strakes and sidepod deflectors.

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Haas F1 Team VF-18 rear wing detail

Haas F1 Team VF-18 rear wing detail
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The lower downforce rear wing that Haas will test in Azerbaijan.

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Ferrari SF71H front wheel hub detail

Ferrari SF71H front wheel hub detail
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The front brake assembly of the Ferrari SF71H (sans drum) shows off the inner detail.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 rear wing

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 rear wing
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Toro Rosso is one of a handful of teams that are looking to use a spoon-shaped rear wing in Azerbaijan, in order to balance the downforce and drag demands of the Baku street circuit. Note its use of just three open-ended endplate louvres in order to shape the tip vortex.

Photo by: Mark Sutton
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Series Formula 1
Event Azerbaijan GP
Track Baku City Circuit
Article type Special feature
Topic Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis