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Brazilian GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

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Brazilian GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane
Giorgio Piola
By: Giorgio Piola
Co-author: Matt Somerfield
Nov 9, 2018, 11:28 AM

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the latest Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Interlagos pitlane at the Brazilian GP on Thursday.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 bargeboard detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 bargeboard detail
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Introduced in the US as part of a package of new parts, these sidepod deflectors are now available to both Toro Rosso drivers.

Haas F1 Team VF-18 bargeboard detail

Haas F1 Team VF-18 bargeboard detail
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A great overview of the bargeboard region on the Haas VF-18, which has become ever more complex as the season has unfolded.

Ferrari SF71H detail

Ferrari SF71H detail
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The Ferrari SF71H will be outfitted with sensor arrays during free practice as the sidepod is found with a teardrop-shaped bulge encasing some of the hardware, which itself is strapped to the side of the sidepod.

Racing Point Force India VJM11 front wing detail

Racing Point Force India VJM11 front wing detail
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Note the heavy curvature that defines the two roles the wing plays, with the inboard flaps more or less responsible for generating downforce, while the outer section looks to alter the wake generated by the front tyre.

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 floor detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 floor detail
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The floor ahead of the rear tyre is always in a state of development flux, such is the crucial nature of how airflow is guided ahead of the tyre to influence the wake it creates. In Toro Rosso’s case, that development has led to the introduction of an L-shaped flap that stands proud of the floor.

Red Bull Racing RB14 bargeboard detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 bargeboard detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A close-up of the three-element sidepod deflectors used by Red Bull to guide the air along the car's flanks.

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ nose detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ nose detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A close up of the Mercedes W09’s nose reveals the inlet that powers its ‘S’ duct solution.

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ brake duct detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ brake duct detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A look at the various flicks, fins and winglets placed upon the suspension and brake duct on the Mercedes W09, most of which won’t be possible from next year owing to the new regulations.

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ front wing detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ front wing detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A look at the Mercedes W09’s front wing with its rather unusual endplate design, with a section at the rear that arches over to form another horizontal flap.

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ barge board detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ barge board detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

The bargeboard region on the Mercedes W09, which - unlike for most other cars on the grid - hasn’t been altered dramatically throughout the course of the season.

Ferrari SF-71H front wing detail

Ferrari SF-71H front wing detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

Ferrari’s front wing endplate, which has seen some some changes recently, including the inner canards that can be seen here.

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 front wing detail

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 front wing detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A close-up of Renault’s front wing, which features a rather novel more inwardly-placed adjuster that means less of the wing is affected when a change is made. Also note the number outwardly outwashing endplate slots.

Haas F1 Team VF-18 nose and front wing

Haas F1 Team VF-18 nose and front wing
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A nice overview of the front wing used by Haas, of which the squared-off flap tips are noteworthy, as is the use of asymmetric cooling layouts on the brake drums that can be seen in the background.

McLaren MCL33 nose and front wings

McLaren MCL33 nose and front wings
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

Note the slats that ran up the side of the McLaren nose have been discarded in recent races.

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Event Brazilian GP
Author Giorgio Piola
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