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Gallery: Key F1 tech shots at Abu Dhabi GP

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Gallery: Key F1 tech shots at Abu Dhabi GP
Matt Somerfield
By: Matt Somerfield
Nov 24, 2017, 11:35 AM

A selection of the best technical Formula 1 images from Abu Dhabi courtesy of Giorgio Piola, Sutton Images and LAT Images.

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Ferrari SF70H, side cooling detail

Ferrari SF70H, side cooling detail
1/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The cooling panel beside the cockpit helps to evacuate latent heat generated within the sidepod. This image shows the louvred panel used by Ferrari in order to best extract the heat without serious aerodynamic consequences.

Ferrari SF70H, side

Ferrari SF70H, side
2/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The two Ferrari drivers tested differing configurations in FP1 as they prepare their cars for the race weekend ahead. Vettel sports a floor with six slots ahead of the rear wheel, the latter being an L-shaped slot.

Ferrari SF70H, side

Ferrari SF70H, side
3/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Raikkonen's car is set up with a floor that features only five slots ahead of the rear wheel, the latter being an L-shaped slot.

Ferrari SF70H diffuser detail

Ferrari SF70H diffuser detail
4/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Vettel’s car has been set up with the diffuser used in the latter part of the season, complete with the complex winglet stack on the upper, outer corner.

Ferrari SF70H diffuser detail

Ferrari SF70H diffuser detail
5/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Raikkonen's car has been outfitted with a new diffuser, as the team experiments with an entirely new solution, gathering data ahead of the introduction of its new car in 2018. The diffuser follows a trend seen elsewhere up and down the pitlane, whereby the detachable Gurney tabs form the outer walled section of the diffuser.

Williams FW40 rear suspension and rear wing

Williams FW40 rear suspension and rear wing
6/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Seen in this shot are the Williams' twin level T-wings, paired floor strakes ahead and beside the rear tyre, rear suspension and narrow coke bottle bodywork.

Haas F1 Team VF-17 floor detail

Haas F1 Team VF-17 floor detail
7/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Detailed shot of the VF17’s bargeboards and associated paraphernalia, where it is worth taking note of the slots in the cockpit boomerang, used in order that the slots in the footplate below are deemed legal by the stewards.

Williams FW40 in the garage

Williams FW40 in the garage
8/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 in the garage

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 in the garage
9/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Sahara Force India VJM10 in the garage

Sahara Force India VJM10 in the garage
10/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Ferrari SF70H front suspension detail

Ferrari SF70H front suspension detail
11/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton

A close-up of the front suspension's third or heave damper unit on the SF70H.

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 front suspension and chassis detail

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 front suspension and chassis detail
12/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton

A look at the front end packaging of Renault’s RS17, including the various suspension elements, brake cylinders and ‘S’ duct with its two inlets at the very bottom of the chassis feeding the pipework that exits just ahead of the pitot tube stack.

McLaren mechanics with McLaren MCL32 in pit lane

McLaren mechanics with McLaren MCL32 in pit lane
13/19

Photo by: Sutton Images

A look at the rear end of the MCL32 as it is pushed down the pitlane toward scrutineering.

The cockpit and steering wheel detail of Sahara Force India VJM10

The cockpit and steering wheel detail of Sahara Force India VJM10
14/19

Photo by: Sutton Images

Car of Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08

Car of Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
15/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The Mercedes W08 is outfitted with two Kiel probe arrays mounted behind the front wheels, collecting airflow data from the front wing and wake generated by the front tyre.

Ferrari SF70H with rear sensors

Ferrari SF70H with rear sensors
16/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari has fitted a Kiel probe array to the floor ahead of the rear tyre on Kimi Raikkonen's car in order to evaluate a new diffuser design.

Car of Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13

Car of Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13
17/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A pair of Kiel probe arrays are mounted behind the front wheels of the RB13 as the engineers study the airflow from the front wing and wake generated by the front tyres.

The cockpit detail of Mercedes-Benz F1 W08

The cockpit detail of Mercedes-Benz F1 W08
18/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton

The serrated windscreen on the W08 reduces buffering to the driver's helmet.

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 detail

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 detail
19/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes has mounted pressure sensors in its bargeboards for free practice, as the team continues to evaluate aerodynamic concepts for 2018.

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