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Spanish GP: Best F1 technical photos

Join us as we again delve into the latest Formula 1 technical developments on display ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, courtesy of Motorsport Images.

Spanish GP: Best F1 technical photos

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35 with aero paint

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35 with aero paint
1/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

McLaren sprayed flo-viz on the bargeboard region of Norris’ car during FP1, collecting visual confirmation that the parts are doing as anticipated having only been introduced a few races ago.

Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01 with aero paint

Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01 with aero paint
2/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Flo-viz also sprayed on the rear wing of the Alpha Tauri AT01 as it uses a high downforce rear wing, T-Wing and monkey seat winglet all in combination with one another.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000 with aero rig

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000 with aero rig
3/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

A large kiel probe array mounted on the rear of the Ferrari SF1000 to gather airflow data from the diffuser and the wake turbulence created by the rear wheels.

Ferrari SF1000 rear detail

Ferrari SF1000 rear detail
4/20

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Another view of the kiel probe array at the rear of the SF1000, perhaps giving a clearer indication of what the team is trying to measure.

The Mercedes team practice a pit stop

The Mercedes team practice a pit stop
5/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Pitstop practice for Mercedes shows a more closed off brake drum being used by Mercedes, whilst a mechanic makes an alteration to the angle of the front wing.

Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing RB16

Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing RB16
6/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

A great shot of the rear end of the RB16 showing off the complexity of the diffuser, the downward angled exit of the cooling outlet and the lower T-Wing first used in Hungary.

Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.20

Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.20
7/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

A look at the bargeboard and sidepod deflector region of the Renault RS20.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance
8/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Comparatively a look at the same region on the Mercedes W11 which highlights the difference in approach to dealing with the various aerodynamic structures and turbulence in that region.

Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP20

Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP20
9/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Similarly from an evolution point of view here’s the Racing Point RP20, which shows how certain aerodynamic surfaces have been altered to account for the change in sidepod philosophy between years/teams.

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35
10/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Lando Norris’ MCL35 outfitted with thermal imaging cameras in enlarged camera pods mounted on the side of the airbox. These IR cameras collect data on the front and rear tyres that can be used to improve tyre life and performance over a qualifying lap and a race stint.

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35
11/20

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

This angle of the MCL35 as it gives us an amazing view of the complexity level of McLaren’s bargeboards. Note all of the slots in the boomerang that match up with the broken up surfaces on the reference plane below.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16
12/20

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

A similar shot/angle of the Red Bull RB16 allows you to contrast and compare the two approaches.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000
13/20

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Another example, this time Ferrari who have that high reaching forward section of the main vertical bargeboard.

Esteban Ocon, Renault F1 Team R.S.20

Esteban Ocon, Renault F1 Team R.S.20
14/20

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Renault's bargeboard and deflector region shows how the team deal with the overall design format.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance
15/20

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Let’s have one of the Mercedes W11 too, a team that has gone a slightly different way to the rest with their boomerang winglet, with that section made up of several surfaces, rather than one surface with slots embedded in it.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance
16/20

Photo by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images

This top-down shot also gives a good impression of how those boomerangs differ on the W11 to most of the field.

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance, in the pit lane

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance, in the pit lane
17/20

Photo by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images

The insanely tightly packaged W11 seems to be shrink wrapped to the components at the rear end. Notice how the bodywork has been pulled in around the rear suspension as the team look for that ultimate tradeoff between cooling capacity and aerodynamic efficiency.

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43
18/20

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Latifi and Nissany tested the higher downforce rear wing on the Williams during FP1

George Russell, Williams FW43

George Russell, Williams FW43
19/20

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

For the afternoon session both Williams drivers switched to the lower downforce spoon-shaped rear wing.

Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP20, leaves the garage

Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP20, leaves the garage
20/20

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

This top-down shot of the Racing Point RP20 shows how tightly packaged the car is at the rear, whilst significant cooling has been opened up around the cooling including the louvred panels and panel gapping between the halo and engine cover.

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