Australian GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

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Australian GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages
Matt Somerfield
By: Matt Somerfield
Mar 22, 2018, 7:51 PM

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images help to expose some of the fascinating technical detail on show at the first race of the season in Australia.

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McLaren MCL33 front wing detail

McLaren MCL33 front wing detail
1/13

Photo by: Mark Sutton

McLaren has a couple of front wing specifications available in Australia, each featuring different flap shapes. The version shown here has full length sharp tips.

Ferrari SF71H nose detail

Ferrari SF71H nose detail
2/13

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A close up of Ferrari's ‘S’ duct inlet, which for 2018 features three distinct channels in order that airflow not be choked in certain operating conditions.

Williams FW41 titanium gearbox

Williams FW41 titanium gearbox
3/13

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Although reports suggested that Williams would switch to a carbon gearbox casing for 2018 this image reveals it has retained a titanium one. Also noteworthy is the exhaust's tortured route as it arches down through the front of the casing.

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 front suspension detail

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 front suspension detail
4/13

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes' front suspension detail has some of its packaging revised. Also note the ‘heave’ damper, which is still likely hydraulic, has been deliberately obscured.

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 bodywork detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 bodywork detail
5/13

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Toro Rosso’s multiple element turning vane solution under the bridge of the nose and chassis also features a row of serrations in the footplate.

Ferrari SF71H front suspension detail

Ferrari SF71H front suspension detail
6/13

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Features the horizontal ‘heave’ element that remains relatively unchanged from last season.

Williams FW41 front suspension detail

Williams FW41 front suspension detail
7/13

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Notably the team has raised the position of the rocker arms this year.

Ferrari SF71H front wing detail

Ferrari SF71H front wing detail
8/13

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The more aggressive of the two front wing specifications that Ferrari has available in Melbourne, featuring a short slot in the inner section of both the mainplane's surfaces.

Sauber C37 front brake and suspension assembly

Sauber C37 front brake and suspension assembly
9/13

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Note the upright extension which positions the upper wishbone much higher than would ordinarily be possible.

Ferrari SF71H front brake detail

Ferrari SF71H front brake detail
10/13

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This features two inlets, the larger outer scoop and the smaller one that takes air in alongside the vertical fence and tyre's sidewall. Both are outfitted with horizontal protective fences in order that debris doesn't become lodged in them and reduce cooling efficiency.

Force India VJM11 front wing detail

Force India VJM11 front wing detail
11/13

Photo by: Sutton Images

Force India continues to use the front wing endplate design championed by the team through much of last season that features two differently-shaped canards.

McLaren MCL33 front wing detail

McLaren MCL33 front wing detail
12/13

Photo by: Mark Sutton

McLaren continues to use the same front wing pillar design as its predecessor – elongated and punctuated by 3 slots.

Ferrari SF71H rear bodywork detail

Ferrari SF71H rear bodywork detail
13/13

Photo by: Sutton Images

Ferrari's lower T-Wing takes advantage of the regulatory space left over by the FIA’s 2018 changes.

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Series Formula 1
Event Australian GP
Location Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Author Matt Somerfield
Article type Special feature