Barcelona test, Day 2: Lifting the lid on F1 2018’s tech updates

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Barcelona test, Day 2: Lifting the lid on F1 2018’s tech updates
Matt Somerfield
By: Matt Somerfield
Feb 27, 2018, 8:51 PM

Check out the best technical photos from the first day of testing in Barcelona, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

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Sauber C37

Sauber C37
1/20

Photo by: Andrew Hone / LAT Images

This shot shows the level of complexity in the multi-element deflectors.

Ferrari SF71H

Ferrari SF71H
2/20

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / LAT Images

A clear look at the slotted deflectors and bargeboards.

McLaren MCL33

McLaren MCL33
3/20

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / LAT Images

Kiel probe arrays mounted behind either front wheel assembly as the team monitors the performance of the front wing and the wake shed by the front tyres.

Red Bull Racing RB14

Red Bull Racing RB14
4/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

A look at Red Bull's sidepod deflectors.

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09
5/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

Behind the barriers, but a great top down shot as they stop the car in the pitlane.

Williams FW41

Williams FW41
6/20

Photo by: Steven Tee / LAT Images

Note the angles at which the Kiel probes are mounted, as Williams aims to achieve the best data acquisition from them.

McLaren MCL33

McLaren MCL33
7/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

McLaren sprayed flo-viz paint on the halo to evaluate the aerodynamic fairing that's been placed on it.

AMG Mercedes F1 W09

AMG Mercedes F1 W09
8/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

A pair of Kiel probe arrays mounted behind the diffuser as the team make sure that their simulation data matches the real world data, whilst also trying to understand how they can add more performance.

Williams FW41

Williams FW41
9/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton

A good look from above shows the extra complexity of the bargeboard area this season.

McLaren MCL33

McLaren MCL33
10/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

Another shot of the MCL33 with flo-viz applied to the halo, note the vertical fins that wrap around the side of the safety structure.

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09
11/20

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A closer look at the Kiel probe array mounted at the rear of the W09, see how the Kiel probes are angled in different directions in order to capture data. Also note the lower T-Wing that's been added and wasn't on the launch car.

Haas F1 Team VF-18

Haas F1 Team VF-18
12/20

Photo by: Andrew Hone / LAT Images

The tips of the sidepod deflectors have been treated to some metal inserts, as the team look to limit their deflection as speed builds.

Red Bull Racing RB14

Red Bull Racing RB14
13/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

The RB14 sporting a Kiel probe array around the sidepods and engine cover.

Sauber C37 Ferrari

Sauber C37 Ferrari
14/20

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / LAT Images

Flo-viz applied to the front suspension as the team assess its aerodynamic performance.

Red Bull Racing RB14

Red Bull Racing RB14
15/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

A close up of the narrow sidepod inlet and multi element deflectors and bargeboards.

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13
16/20

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / LAT Images

A huge Kiel probe array mounted ahead of the rear wheel focuses on studying the airflow in order that the team knows their simulation methods correlate with the real world data.

Sahara Force India VJM11

Sahara Force India VJM11
17/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

A close look at the triple-element halo fairing that Force India introduced on the second day of testing.

Force India VJM11

Force India VJM11
18/20

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / LAT Images

The Kiel probe array is to assess the airflow at the rear of the car. Also note the Go-pro camera mounted on the right rear wing endplate as the team gathers footage it can study later.

Red Bull Racing RB14

Red Bull Racing RB14
19/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

A close up of the triple element turning vanes under the nose/chassis.

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09
20/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

Another great top-down shot shows how much the bodywork tapers into the coke bottle region.

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