Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Gallery: Key F1 tech shots at Mexican GP

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

The nose and front wing detail of Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32

The nose and front wing detail of Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32
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A glimpse of the new front wing introduced by McLaren and raced by Fernando Alonso at the last round in Austin.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Ferrari SF70H chassis detail in the garage

Ferrari SF70H chassis detail in the garage
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A peek inside Ferrari's garage as the SF70H is prepared for track action.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 rear

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 rear
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In this shot of the installation of the Renault power unit, note the slanted oil coolers mounted either side of the ICE and fed by an inverted Y-shaped piece of ductwork.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 diffuser

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 diffuser
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A close-up of the new diffuser introduced by Renault in Austin. You'll note that the team has followed a growing trend of creating a compartmentalised outer section, made up of various perforated surfaces emanating from the outer Gurney trims. There's a new solution from Renault though - a shovel winglet (arrowed) droops down over the back of this section and is used to pick up the airflow.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 rear

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 rear
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In order to entice more airflow out of the rear cooling outlet, Renault has added a Gurney trim to the trailing edge of the engine cover (arrowed).

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Force India turning vane

Force India turning vane
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Force India has a suit of updates, which includes this vertical sidepod deflector that has a metal rod attached to the sidepod to increase rigidity.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB13 front assembly detail

Red Bull Racing RB13 front assembly detail
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Note how the front brake disc is exposed in order to displace the heat generated under braking.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB13 rear

Red Bull Racing RB13 rear
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Red Bull with a high-downforce set-up to help overcome the losses associated with the extreme altitude at this circuit. As part of that, the high-downforce T-wing is back in use.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The steering wheel and cockpit detail of Sauber C36

The steering wheel and cockpit detail of Sauber C36
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The louvred panel alongside the C36's cockpit dissipates heat generated from within the sidepod.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Sahara Force India VJM10 front wing detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 front wing detail
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Force India's front wing has various appendages mounted to the endplate, tasked with controlling the wake shed by the front wheel behind.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Sahara Force India VJM10 rear wing detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 rear wing detail
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Force India's high-downforce rear wing, supplemented by the two-tier monkey seat introduced a few races ago.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 nose and front wing

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 nose and front wing
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The front wing used by Mercedes is complete with the revised mainplane, which features an upturned leading edge.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

McLaren MCL32 front wing detail

McLaren MCL32 front wing detail
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A close-up of the outboard section of the new front wing raced by Fernando Alonso in Austin. It features extra slots in the outermost part and a revision to the shape of the inner endplate canards.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB13 in the garage

Red Bull Racing RB13 in the garage
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Photo by: Mark Sutton

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 front wing detail

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08  front wing detail
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Photo by: Mark Sutton

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 bargeboard detail

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 bargeboard detail
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Renault's new bargeboards are being trialled once more in Mexico, having been run briefly in Austin.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Sahara Force India VJM10 front wing detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 front wing detail
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This fascinating view of the VJM10’s front wing from behind shows just how the flared outer tunnel is shaped in order to manipulate the airflow ahead of the front tyre.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Sahara Force India VJM10 steering wheel

Sahara Force India VJM10 steering wheel
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Photo by: Mark Sutton

Sahara Force India VJM10 rear wing detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 rear wing detail
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Force India's tri-element T-wing, which also features slots in the leading edge of each element.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Sahara Force India VJM10 aero detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 aero detail
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A close-up of the serrated bargeboard footplate on the VJM10.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Sahara Force India VJM10 bargeboard detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 bargeboard detail
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Force India has introduced a new bargeboard, floor and sidepod deflector package in Mexico. Note the merged floor axehead and pre-bargeboard, which is now arched rather than having a straight edge. The vertical serrations now have a much more aggressively curved leading edge, while the introduction of the deflector means that there is one less section at the rear

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Sahara Force India VJM10 aero detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 aero detail
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The swept cockpit canards on the VJM10.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Sahara Force India VJM10 aero detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 aero detail
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An extreme close-up of the new floor strakes added to the upwardly curved leading edge of the floor as part of the overall upgrade. It’s worth noting these are a solution first seen on the Mercedes - but one that's also featured on the Red Bull since.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Sahara Force India VJM10 aero detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 aero detail
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The serrated footplate on the VJM10’s turning vanes.

Photo by: Mark Sutton

Sahara Force India VJM10 aero detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 aero detail
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Another view of the VJM10’s new floor, sidepod deflector and bargeboard update introduced in Mexico.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF70H bodywork

Ferrari SF70H bodywork
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The floating axehead and sidepod deflector used by Ferrari.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 detail

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 detail
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A top-down view of the new bargeboards first trialled by Renault in Austin.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 bodywork detail

Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 bodywork detail
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Note the enlarged cooling capacity in play for Mercedes, with the cooling panel at maximum and a pair of additional vertical slits placed in the panel.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren MCL32 rear

McLaren MCL32 rear
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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32

Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32
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Kiel probe arrays are mounted around the airbox on Stoffel Vandoorne’s MCL32 in this image, as McLaren evaluates the aerodynamic implications of the Halo cockpit protection device.

Photo by: Sutton Images
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Series Formula 1
Event Mexican GP
Track Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Article type Top List
Topic Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis