Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Gallery: Key F1 tech shots at Malaysian GP

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

Mercedes AMG F1 W08, detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W08, detail
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Mercedes has revised its nose ‘cape’ in Malaysia, widening the leading edge of the surface in order to change its initial influence on the airflow.

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Mercedes AMG F1 W08, nose

Mercedes AMG F1 W08, nose
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Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32

Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32
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The McLaren MCL32 with flo-viz applied to ascertain whether the new bargeboard configuration is providing the same performance in the real world as it did in CFD and the wind tunnel. The new pre-bargeboard added for Malaysia is arrowed.

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Ferrari intake detail

Ferrari intake detail
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Ferrari has bonded two new inlets to the side of the airbox in Malaysia, similar to what we've seen the likes of Mercedes and Lotus do in the past. This increases cooling capacity for ancillary coolers such as the gearbox and ERS.

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Ferrari intake detail

Ferrari intake detail
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Ferrari SF70H front suspension and chassis detail

Ferrari SF70H front suspension and chassis detail
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A forward shot of Ferrari's new bargeboard and boomerang-shaped pre-bargeboard.

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Haas F1 Team VF-17 nose and front wing

Haas F1 Team VF-17 nose and front wing
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A detailed shot of the VF-17's nose and front wing, featuring short, blockier flap tips.

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Ferrari Ferrari SF70H, side

Ferrari Ferrari SF70H, side
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Ferrari SF70H rear

Ferrari SF70H rear
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Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 nose and front wings

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 nose and front wings
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Two specifications of front wing available to Renault in Sepang, with different upper flap tips.

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Williams FW40 side detail

Williams FW40 side detail
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Williams FW40, side

Williams FW40, side
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A look at Williams' revised deflectors, introduced in Singapore, and the pre-existing bargeboard configuration that has run for some races now.

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Williams detail front wing

Williams detail front wing
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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 nosecones

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 nosecones
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Toro Rosso arrived in Malaysia with a package of upgrades for the STR12, chasing a strong finish to its season. The nose of the car has been reshaped to help incorporate the longer and more complex front wing pillars (white arrows), which is allied to changes made to the front wing. These changes include the separation of the main cascade's outer endplate into two surfaces (red arrows), the introduction of an endplate canard (yellow arrow), a revised shaping to the endplate, which includes the removal of the trailing edge notch (green arrow) and a total revision of the mainplane's shape, including the position and shape of the arch (highlighted in yellow).

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Red Bull Racing RB13 front wheel hub detail

Red Bull Racing RB13 front wheel hub detail
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A nice view of Red Bull’s front brake assembly, sans cake tin, while the car is being constructed.

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Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 engine cover and bodywork

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08  engine cover and bodywork
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Mercedes seems set to run the elongated shark fin cover it had first used in Singapore.

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Red Bull Racing RB13 front suspension

Red Bull Racing RB13 front suspension
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Ferrari SF70H front brake and wheel hub detail

Ferrari SF70H front brake and wheel hub detail
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Sahara Force India VJM10 bargeboard and aero detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 bargeboard and aero detail
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This Force India bargeboard configuration was introduced in Hungary and is expected to be revised again in Malaysia.

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Ferrari SF70H steering wheel

Ferrari SF70H steering wheel
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Ferrari SF70H in pitlane

Ferrari SF70H in pitlane
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Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 rear wing and aero detail

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 rear wing and aero detail
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A rear end shot of the W08 without the upper cooling cowling in place shows not only the detail of the team's rear wing and T-wing mounting pillars but also the squashed wastegate pipework.

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Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 front brake and wheel hub detail

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08  front brake and wheel hub detail
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The inner detail of the front brake assembly is exposed in this image, as the cake tin has yet to be added.

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Ferrari SF70H front suspension detail

Ferrari SF70H front suspension detail
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Red Bull Racing mechanic works on the RB13's front wheel hub

Red Bull Racing mechanic works on the RB13's front wheel hub
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Sahara Force India VJM10 nose and front wing detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 nose and front wing detail
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Seemingly shipped direct from the last race, this nosecone bears the scars of action and will be thoroughly cleaned again before use.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso mechanics, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 in pitlane

Scuderia Toro Rosso mechanics, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 in pitlane
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The revised STR12 - featuring new bargeboards, sidepod deflectors an T-wing - is pushed through the pitlane.

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Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 rear detail

Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 rear detail
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Force India has arrived in Malaysia with a revised diffuser. The outer sections now resemble the layout used by Red Bull, with a curved outer wall punctuated by several serrations. Meanwhile, the central ramped section has been compacted. Both will have a substantial effect on the airflow's behaviour.

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McLaren MCL32 nose detail

McLaren MCL32 nose detail
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Mercedes AMG F1 W08 floor detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 floor detail
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A look at the longitudinal floor slot used by the team since the start of the season.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 T-wing

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 T-wing
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A revised two-tier coathanger-style T-wing, with two slots in each surface, is being employed by Toro Rosso in Malaysia.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
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Toro Rosso’s revised pre-bargeboard, floating axehead and sidepod deflectors, which are part of a package of upgrades bought by the team to Malaysia.

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Series Formula 1
Event Malaysian GP
Track Sepang International Circuit
Article type Top List
Topic Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis