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Belgian GP: Fresh F1 tech updates, direct from the garages

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Belgian GP: Fresh F1 tech updates, direct from the garages
Giorgio Piola
By: Giorgio Piola
Co-author: Matthew Somerfield
Aug 25, 2018, 12:33 AM

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the latest Formula 1 technical developments on show in the Spa-Francorchamps pitlane at the Belgian Grand Prix. Click through the images below...

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Mercedes AMG F1 W09 rim detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 rim detail
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The new rear wheel rims being employed by Mercedes this weekend features numerous bulges on the outer face. The intent is to improve the thermal relationship between the brakes, wheel rim and tyres, improving performance.

Sauber C37 rear winglets detail

Sauber C37 rear winglets detail
2/19

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A look at the rather elegant winglets mounted on the side of the Sauber C37’s crash structure (arrowed).

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 front wing detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 front wing detail
3/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

Another look at the new front wing being run by Mercedes this weekend, which features a secondary slotted ‘r’ cascade.

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 front brake duct detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 front brake duct detail
4/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A look at the various winglets hung from the Mercedes W09’s front brake duct fence and suspension.

Williams FW41 front detail

Williams FW41 front detail
5/19

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Williams ‘cape’ draped around the side of the nose, which collects the airflow and directs it around the rest of the car.

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 front detail

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 front detail
6/19

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The Renault RS18 with the vanity panel removed enabling us to see some of the front suspension detail.

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 front wing detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 front wing detail
7/19

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The new front wing being used by Mercedes this weekend, note the two slotted ‘r’ cascades, where only one was previously used.

Ferrari SF71H rear wing

Ferrari SF71H rear wing
8/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Another rear wing option for Ferrari, as it trials the spoon-shaped rear wing, a similar specification to the one used in Baku.

Red Bull Racing RB14 front wing detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 front wing detail
9/19

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The lower of the two downforce options available to Red Bull this weekend, with just two upper flaps.

Red Bull Racing RB14 front wing detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 front wing detail
10/19

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In comparison, this is the higher of the two downforce options available to Red Bull, with three upper flaps.

Red Bull Racing team members at work

Red Bull Racing team members at work
11/19

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The Renault inlet plenum is removed from the RB14 as mechanics look to find an issue with Daniel Ricciardo’s car.

Ferrari SF71H front suspension detail

Ferrari SF71H front suspension detail
12/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

Covers off, as Ferrari make adjustment to the front suspension of the SF71-H

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W09

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W09
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Photo by: Manuel Goria / Sutton Images

Valtteri Bottas making himself comfortable with a slightly shallower rear wing than his teammate, as he’ll start toward the back of the grid having taken new power unit parts outside of his allowed allocation.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W09

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W09
14/19

Photo by: Manuel Goria / Sutton Images

Contrast that with Hamilton running with slightly more rear wing in order to improve his balance through the second half of the lap.

Red Bull Racing RB14 front detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 front detail
15/19

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Red Bull mechanics make adjustments to the RB14 during Free Practice.

McLaren MCL33 rear wing with aero paint

McLaren MCL33 rear wing with aero paint
16/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

Green flo-viz paint residue can be seen on the low downforce rear wing being used by McLaren this weekend.

Ferrari SF71H with cover on camera

Ferrari SF71H with cover on camera
17/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

The bag of dry ice on top of the Ferrari SF71H’s airbox that has led to numerous questions about its purpose.

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14
18/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A rearward shot of the RB14 showing just how shallow the rear wing being used in Spa is.

McLaren MCL33 floor with aero paint

McLaren MCL33 floor with aero paint
19/19

Photo by: Rubio / Sutton Images

The floor from the McLaren of Stoffel Vandorne’s car that was painted in flo-viz and subsequently replaced.

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Series Formula 1
Event Belgian GP
Author Giorgio Piola
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