Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Gallery: Key F1 tech shots at Canadian GP

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

Mercedes AMG F1 W08, brake detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W08, brake detail
1/20

Mercedes' front brake drum is closed, encapsulating the heat generated by the brakes within.

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Mercedes AMG F1 W08, detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W08, detail
2/20

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Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 rear wing

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08  rear wing
3/20

Mercedes returns to using a ‘spoon-style’ rear wing in Canada, focusing its efforts on the demands of the medium-downforce circuit.

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Red Bull Racing RB13, detail

Red Bull Racing RB13, detail
4/20

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Williams FW40, brake detail

Williams FW40, brake detail
5/20

Williams is utilising a revised brake duct, complete with an amended shape to the vertical fence and the introduction of an external inlet scoop. These changes will increase the cooling capacity of the brakes as more air can now be drawn in.

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McLaren MCL32, brake detail

McLaren MCL32, brake detail
6/20

Note the large cutout in the drum, which allows air to pass between the drum and inner face of the wheel rim. The car is also prepared with the blown axle as the team continues to assess circuit-by-circuit whether it's to be used.

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Ferrari SF70H, rear wing

Ferrari SF70H, rear wing
7/20

Ferrari has chosen to introduce a new rear wing in Canada to better suit the demands of the medium-downforce circuit. The design features a swooping spoon-style mainplane and top flap, while the endplates feature the open-ended style louvres we’ve seen adopted by most of the teams so far this season. Ferrari has also returned to a more simplistic single-element T-wing, abandoning the twin element one introduced in Spain. The team also returned to the pre-Monaco exhaust-wrapping monkey seat.

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Ferrari SF70H, floor and sidepod deflectors

Ferrari SF70H, floor and sidepod deflectors
8/20

Note the upturned leading edge of the floor - not dissimilar to what we see on other cars, but with a slot on the outer section where it meets with the axehead. Downstream of this is the much talked about scythe-shaped slotted floor section which was seen to flap around at high speed at the opening few races.

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Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 front suspension, chassis and brake reservoir

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 front suspension, chassis and brake reservoir
9/20

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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
10/20

Note the scalloped disc (much like the design introduced by Mercedes last season and subsequently adopted by McLaren earlier this year) with a chevron drill pattern used for cooling.

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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
11/20

The RS17 is outfitted with standard flat-faced disc used so far this season, with a straight five drill hole pattern, albeit with larger holes, used to dissipate the heat.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 front brake and wheel hub detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 front brake and wheel hub detail
12/20

Note the use of a disc with six holes drilled across the face as the team looks to dissipate the heat generated under braking.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 front suspension and chassis detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 front suspension and chassis detail
13/20

Note the ‘S’ duct pipework housed at the front of the chassis - just behind the brake cylinders.

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Sauber C36 front brake and wheel hub detail

Sauber C36 front brake and wheel hub detail
14/20

Sauber appears to be setting up with the maximum brake cooling available to the outfit, with a six drill hole disc employed to dissipate heat too.

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Sauber C36 front suspension and chassis detail

Sauber C36 front suspension and chassis detail
15/20

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Williams FW40 front suspension and chassis detail

Williams FW40 front suspension and chassis detail
16/20

We can see that the team utilises a belleville spring arrangement, poking out of the top access panel, for its third heave element.

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Williams FW40 engine cover wing detail

Williams FW40 engine cover wing detail
17/20

Having developed numerous T-wings so far this season, Williams has retreated back to the more simplistic single-element upper T-wing for the medium-downforce demands of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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Sahara Force India VJM10 front brake and wheel hub detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 front brake and wheel hub detail
18/20

The metal heatsink placed above the brake disc in the upper section is something we’ve seen Ferrari do in the past. It helps with the transfer of heat from the brakes to the wheel rims and, in turn, the tyres.

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Sahara Force India VJM10 front suspension and chassis detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 front suspension and chassis detail
19/20

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Ferrari SF70-H front brake detail

Ferrari SF70-H front brake detail
20/20

Ferrari’s front brake drum which features three open teardrop-shaped outlets in order to manage temperatures, along with a long window atop the drum. Note also the slotted bargeboards introduced with the team's update in Spain.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola
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Series Formula 1
Event Canadian GP
Track Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Teams Mercedes , Red Bull Racing , Ferrari , Williams , McLaren , Sauber , Renault F1 Team , Toro Rosso , Force India
Article type Special feature
Topic Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis