Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Gallery: Key F1 tech shots at Monaco GP

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Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield get under the skin of the F1 tech war in the Monte Carlo paddock.

Sauber C36, detail

Sauber C36, detail
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With numerous updates brought by Sauber to Monaco, the C36 is starting to become an extremely complex car. Part of the update sees the team add two additional sidepod deflectors ahead of the main airflow conditioner - much like the ones we’ve seen Mercedes utilise since the start of the season (red arrows). Sauber has also added another tier to the winglet stack on the edge of the floor (white arrow).

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Force India VJM10 T-wing detail

Force India VJM10 T-wing detail
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Force India has waited until round six of the championship to introduce a T-wing, with every team expected to sport one on the streets of the Principality. The Indian outfit has opted for a three-element winglet straight out of the box, preferring the hooped arrangement we’ve seen many of the teams adopt of late.

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Romain Grosjean's Haas F1 Team VF-17 in the pits

Romain Grosjean's Haas F1 Team VF-17 in the pits
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The VF17 is sporting a new livery this weekend in Monaco along with a revised shark fin layout and double profile T-wing.

Williams FW40, detail

Williams FW40, detail
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Williams has revised the outer portion of its diffuser, increasing the size and altering the shape of the winglet that resides above in order to affect the pressure gradient.

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Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 noses and front wings in the pits

Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 noses and front wings in the pits
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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, front wing detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, front wing detail
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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, front wing detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, front wing detail
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The STR12’s front wing from above gives a great indication of just how offset the outer cascade elements are, as the designers look to displace airflow around the front tyre.

Haas F1 Team VF-17 front wings

Haas F1 Team VF-17 front wings
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Haas has at least two front wing specifications prepared for Monaco. Note the upper flaps are divided into two or three sections, bottom and top respectively in this image.

Red Bull Racing RB13 front detail

Red Bull Racing RB13 front detail
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Note the use of belleville springs on the 3rd/heave element, visible in this detailed shot of the RB13's front suspension.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 front detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 front detail
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A look at the chassis winglets introduced at the last round, which feature a small endplate to define the way in which airflow is shed from the narrow devices. Furthermore, the bargeboards were also revised in Spain and now feature two main vertical surfaces and an enlarged footplate.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 front suspension detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 front suspension detail
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A top-down view of the STR12’s front suspension and steering arm layout, which will have been modified to suit the tight street track.

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Haas F1 Team VF-17 T-wing detail

Haas F1 Team VF-17 T-wing detail
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A look at the highly-angled twin-element T-wing adopted by Haas for the Monaco GP.

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Force India VJM10 T-wing detail

Force India VJM10 T-wing detail
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Williams FW40 front brake detail

Williams FW40 front brake detail
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Note the use of a staggered drill pattern, with five holes on one row followed by six on the next of the brake disc.

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Williams FW40 front wing detail

Williams FW40 front wing detail
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The two front wings presented by Williams have some very subtle surface differences, with the upper one leaving much more of the surfaces in its rawer carbon finish, while the lower has been painted.

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Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear detail
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Visible here are numerous details of the W08, including the power unit, the oil cooler mounted behind it and fed air by the airbox snorkel, the wider exhaust used in the section where the rear wing's centre mounting pylon intersects it, the squashed wastegate pipes inline with the wider exhaust section that also arch over the upper wishbone and the way in which the hydraulic pipework is routed through the T-wing mounting point but to name a few.

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Ferrari SF70H front suspension detail

Ferrari SF70H front suspension detail
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A top-down look at the front suspension and steering arm layout of Ferrari’s 2017 challenger. Note the continued use of the slotted bargeboards introduced in Spain.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 nose and front wings

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 nose and front wings
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A selection of front wings outside of the Toro Rosso garage. The new flap specification (top) was introduced in Spain.

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Force India VJM10 engine cover rear wing detail

Force India VJM10 engine cover rear wing detail
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Force India has introduced a relatively simple monkey seat in Monaco, which, looping around the exhaust exit, will help reshape the exhaust plume and surround airflow structures in order to improve the diffuser and rear wing's performance.

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Williams FW40 front wing detail

Williams FW40 front wing detail
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All of these surfaces in the shot are used to control the way in which air moves around and across the front face of the tyre, while also generating the necessary levels of downforce.

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Ferrari SF70-H front brake and wheel hub detail

Ferrari SF70-H front brake and wheel hub detail
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Williams FW40 bodywork detail

Williams FW40 bodywork detail
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The double-double T-wing configuration to be used by the Williams drivers in Monaco.

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Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 Hybrid bargeboard detail

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 Hybrid bargeboard detail
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The highly complex bargeboard area on the W08, which was revised at the last race in Spain.

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Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 Hybrid rear wing detail

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 Hybrid rear wing detail
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Temperature strips have been affixed to the top of the W08’s crash structure in order to study how the hot exhaust plume interacts with it.

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Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 Hybrid aero detail

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 Hybrid aero detail
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A close-up of the slotted section of bargeboard and the serrated axehead on the extended section of the floor.

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Ferrari SF70-H in the garage

Ferrari SF70-H in the garage
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Red Bull Racing RB13 front brake and wheel hub detail

Red Bull Racing RB13 front brake and wheel hub detail
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The Red Bull RB13’s front brake assembly, complete with front crossover pipework and blown axle.

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Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 Hybrid front wheel hub and front suspension detail

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 Hybrid front wheel hub and front suspension detail
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A look at Mercedes’ front brake setup, which uses a six-drill-hole disc configuration.

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Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 front brake and wheel hub detail

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 front brake and wheel hub detail
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Renault’s front brake assembly, complete with blown axle that was reintroduced a few races ago. Note the use of four larger drill holes across the face of the disc to dissipate heat generated during braking.

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Event Monaco GP
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Topic Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis