Chinese GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

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Chinese GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages
Matt Somerfield
By: Matt Somerfield
Apr 12, 2018, 7:41 PM

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images uncover the latest technical details on show in the Shanghai pitlane.

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Ferrari SF71H

Ferrari SF71H
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Photo by: Sutton Images

A three-quarter glance across at the SF71-H’s sidepods and the outer deflectors.

Red Bull Racing RB14 front wing detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 front wing detail
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Photo by: Sutton Images

The RB14’s front wing still features the distinctive outer footplate, which is placed at a much higher position at the leading edge before swooping down.

McLaren MCL33 brake duct detail

McLaren MCL33 brake duct detail
3/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton

A close up of McLaren’s front brake duct, note the separate channels within the inlet scoop, dividing up the airflow in order that it cools the brakes and fulfills an aerodynamic purpose.

McLaren MCL33 sidepod detail

McLaren MCL33 sidepod detail
4/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton

The six vortex generators on the MCL33 sidepod’s shoulder which help to drive aerodynamic performance.

Force India VJM11 rear wing detail

Force India VJM11 rear wing detail
5/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

An extreme close up of the winglets mounted above the diffuser and either side of the crash structure on the VJM11.

McLaren MCL33 detail

McLaren MCL33 detail
6/20

Photo by: Uncredited

The area ahead of the rear tyre on MCL33, which was modified for Bahrain and now features a slanted end fence, rather than a flat one on the floor’s edge.

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

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 rear wing detail
7/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

A close up of the open-end style rear wing endplate louvres on the RS18 and now favoured by a large majority of the grid.

McLaren MCL33 rear brake duct detail

McLaren MCL33 rear brake duct detail
8/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton

A close-up of the rear brake duct fins on the MCL33, which directly increase downforce but also have an impact on the surrounding flow structures.

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

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 front wing detail
9/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

This shot of the RS18’s front wing from behind allows us to see that this particular configuration utilises four strakes with which to control the flow of air.

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power rear floor detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power rear floor detail
10/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

The W09’s floor is outfitted with a row of pitot tubes as the teams look to gather aerodynamic data during Free Practice.

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 rear

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 rear
11/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

A great shot of the RS18 from behind – note the three pairs of vortex generators on the trailing edge of the plank, the multi-element perforated diffuser Gurneys which run around its periphery and the double-barrel shotgun style wastegate layout under the main exhaust.

McLaren MCL33 barge board detail

McLaren MCL33 barge board detail
12/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton

A look down on the ever-more complex bargeboard and floor area on the MCL33, note the two piece sidepod deflectors used only on Alonso’s car last time out too.

Haas F1 Team VF-18 front wheel hub

Haas F1 Team VF-18 front wheel hub
13/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Haas front brake assembly which features crossover pipework that moves airflow from the inlet scoop out through the wheelface. The teardrop-shaped holes allow hot air to pass through both the crossover and the brake drum in order that it radiates into the wheel rim and subsequently the tyre.

Williams FW41 bodywork detail

Williams FW41 bodywork detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton

Williams lower T-Wing, which you’ll note features a slot near the bodywork in order to improve efficiency.

McLaren MCL33 aero detail

McLaren MCL33 aero detail
15/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton

The triple axehead arrangement being employed by McLaren ahead of the floor on the MCL33.

Force India VJM11 rear detail

Force India VJM11 rear detail
16/20

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A look at the engine cover and sidepod cooling exit on the VJM11.

Ferrari SF71H rear detail

Ferrari SF71H rear detail
17/20

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The floor area ahead of the rear wheel on Ferrari's SF71H, with its numerous slots that help to control the effects of tyre squirt.

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power front brake and wheel hub detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power front brake and wheel hub detail
18/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

A look at the W09’s front brake assembly prior to the fitment of the brake drum.

Force India VJM11 chassis and front suspension detail

Force India VJM11 chassis and front suspension detail
19/20

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Photo taken as the VJM11 is built up, and with the nosecone not installed.

Ferrari SF71H front brake and wheel hub detail

Ferrari SF71H front brake and wheel hub detail
20/20

Photo by: Sutton Images

Detail of Ferrari's front brake assembly prior to the brake drum being fitted.

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Series Formula 1
Event Chinese GP
Location Shanghai International Circuit
Author Matt Somerfield
Article type Special feature