Chinese GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

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

Ferrari SF71H

Ferrari SF71H
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A three-quarter glance across at the SF71-H’s sidepods and the outer deflectors.

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Red Bull Racing RB14 front wing detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 front wing detail
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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.

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McLaren MCL33 brake duct detail

McLaren MCL33 brake duct detail
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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.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

McLaren MCL33 sidepod detail

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

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Force India VJM11 rear wing detail

Force India VJM11 rear wing detail
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An extreme close up of the winglets mounted above the diffuser and either side of the crash structure on the VJM11.

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McLaren MCL33 detail

McLaren MCL33 detail
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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.

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

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

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McLaren MCL33 rear brake duct detail

McLaren MCL33 rear brake duct detail
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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.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

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

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

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Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ rear floor detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ rear floor detail
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The W09’s floor is outfitted with a row of pitot tubes as the teams look to gather aerodynamic data during Free Practice.

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Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 rear

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 rear
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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.

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McLaren MCL33 barge board detail

McLaren MCL33 barge board detail
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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.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Haas F1 Team VF-18 front wheel hub

Haas F1 Team VF-18 front wheel hub
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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.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Williams FW41 bodywork detail

Williams FW41 bodywork detail
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Williams lower T-Wing, which you’ll note features a slot near the bodywork in order to improve efficiency.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

McLaren MCL33 aero detail

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

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Force India VJM11 rear detail

Force India VJM11 rear detail
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A look at the engine cover and sidepod cooling exit on the VJM11.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF71H rear detail

Ferrari SF71H rear detail
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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.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

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

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ front brake and wheel hub detail
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A look at the W09’s front brake assembly prior to the fitment of the brake drum.

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Force India VJM11 chassis and front suspension detail

Force India VJM11 chassis and front suspension detail
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Photo taken as the VJM11 is built up, and with the nosecone not installed.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Ferrari SF71H front brake and wheel hub detail

Ferrari SF71H front brake and wheel hub detail
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Detail of Ferrari's front brake assembly prior to the brake drum being fitted.

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Series Formula 1
Event Chinese GP
Track Shanghai International Circuit
Article type Special feature