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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
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.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01 with aero paint
Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01 with aero paint
2/20
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.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000 with aero rig
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000 with aero rig
3/20
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.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Ferrari SF1000 rear detail
Ferrari SF1000 rear detail
4/20
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.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The Mercedes team practice a pit stop
The Mercedes team practice a pit stop
5/20
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.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing RB16
Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing RB16
6/20
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.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.20
Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.20
7/20
A look at the bargeboard and sidepod deflector region of the Renault RS20.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance
8/20
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.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP20
Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP20
9/20
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.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35
10/20
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.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35
11/20
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.

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16
12/20
A similar shot/angle of the Red Bull RB16 allows you to contrast and compare the two approaches.

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000
13/20
Another example, this time Ferrari who have that high reaching forward section of the main vertical bargeboard.

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Esteban Ocon, Renault F1 Team R.S.20
Esteban Ocon, Renault F1 Team R.S.20
14/20
Renault's bargeboard and deflector region shows how the team deal with the overall design format.

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance
15/20
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.

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance
16/20
This top-down shot also gives a good impression of how those boomerangs differ on the W11 to most of the field.

Photo by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images

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

Photo by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43
Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43
18/20
Latifi and Nissany tested the higher downforce rear wing on the Williams during FP1

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

George Russell, Williams FW43
George Russell, Williams FW43
19/20
For the afternoon session both Williams drivers switched to the lower downforce spoon-shaped rear wing.

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

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

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

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