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Gallery: Key F1 tech shots at Azerbaijan GP

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A selection of the best technical images from the Azerbaijan GP courtesy of Giorgio Piola, Sutton Images and LAT Images.

Sauber C36, front wing detail

Sauber C36, front wing detail
1/19

Sauber has been pretty prolific when it comes to the design of its front wing flaps over the last few GP’s, with new versions used to suit different circuit characteristics. For Baku, the team has revised the innermost section of the flap, predominantly at the tip, in order to reshape how the airflow expelled by it reacts with the numerous surrounding flow structures - especially the Y250 vortex.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB13, rear wing

Red Bull Racing RB13, rear wing
2/19

Red Bull has outfitted the RB13 with a low-downforce configuration rear wing in an effort to offset its power deficit on the 2.2km Baku straight.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Williams FW40, front wing detail

Williams FW40, front wing detail
3/19

Williams looks set to use a revised front wing configuration in Baku, with the upper flaps chord length reduced dramatically, changing the car's overall lift-to-drag ratio as the entire set of flow structures leading back from the front wing is amended.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Force India VJM10, rear wing

Force India VJM10, rear wing
4/19

Force India visits Azerbaijan with a new rear wing assembly, utilising a much more lower-downforce configuration. Note the use of an upturned leading edge on the mainplane.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Force India VJM10, front wing detail

Force India VJM10, front wing detail
5/19

From this close-up, note compartmentalisation with the outer tunnel-style arch used to control how the air moves across and around the front face of the tyre - changing its flow characteristics downstream.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, rear wing

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, rear wing
6/19

Toro Rosso opts for a spoon-shaped low-downforce rear wing in Azerbaijan, utilising only two open-ended style louvres to displace the drag created at the wing tips.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF70H, monkey seat

Ferrari SF70H, monkey seat
7/19

Ferrari has added some mini-flaps on the trailing edge of the sidepod's cooling outlet in order to improve the efficiency of both internal and external flows.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 chassis and front suspension detail

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 chassis and front suspension detail
8/19

A detailed shot of the RS17’s bulkhead, showing its suspension, brake reservoir and ‘S’ duct pipework layout.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Ferrari SF70H front wheel hub

Ferrari SF70H front wheel hub
9/19

Ferrari prepared with a closed-drum brake configuration on the right-hand side of the car...

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Ferrari SF70H front wheel hub

Ferrari SF70H front wheel hub
10/19

... but a more open drum on the left-hand side of the car, as teardrop-shaped outlets dispense of heat generated under braking.

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Haas F1 Team VF-17, rear wing

Haas F1 Team VF-17, rear wing
11/19

Haas has opted to change the way in which its rear wing is supported, with two mounting pillars now preferred over the singular one previously utilised (blue arrows) - this is thought to bring a weight saving while retaining structural rigidity. The change also allows the team to utilise a small monkey seat hood over the exhaust (yellow arrow). The bridge-like structure is very similar to what Ferrari do, given it also runs twin pillars. The shallower angle of attack used on the rear wing flaps also warrants a reduction in the number of endplate louvres, with their number reduced to three (red arrow).

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB13, rear wing

Red Bull Racing RB13, rear wing
12/19

Red Bull’s rear wing features a very low angle of attack in order to reduce downforce and drag and improve top speed performance. You’ll also note the use of just two open-ended endplate louvres to displace the tip vortices being created.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17, rear wing

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17, rear wing
13/19

Renault has introduced a new rear wing in Azerbaijan to deal with the low- and high-speed demands of the Baku street circuit. The central spoon-shaped rear wing still provides the requisite downforce needed for the narrow, twisty sector of the track, while the shallow outer portion of the mainplane and top flap help to reduce for the main straight, where speeds are expected to exceed 350kph. Allied to the spoon shaping, the endplates now only feature two of the open-end style louvres which are used to displace the vortex created at the wing's tip.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17, side detail

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17, side detail
14/19

Renault has optimised the bargeboard area of the car once more in Azerbaijan, with the louvres placed in the footplate increased in number from four to six.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17, front detail

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17, front detail
15/19

A new set of twin-element turning vanes can be found hanging under the RS17’s chassis, and these almost create a tunnel for the airflow to follow.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren MCL32 front wing detail

McLaren MCL32 front wing detail
16/19

Photo by: Sutton Images

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 detail
17/19

Photo by: Sutton Images

Williams FW40 bodywork detail

Williams FW40 bodywork detail
18/19

A mechanic manhandles the one-piece engine and sidepod bodywork.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17, front wings

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17, front wings
19/19

Renault has at least two specifications of front wing available in Azerbaijan, as seen here. The upper of those pictured features a two-flap configuration, while the lower has three flaps, all of which terminate a little earlier.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

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Series Formula 1
Event Azerbaijan GP
Track Streets of Baku
Teams Sauber
Article type Breaking news
Topic Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis