Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Gallery: Key F1 tech shots at Austrian GP

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

Williams FW40 sidepod detail

Williams FW40 sidepod detail
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Williams has numerous new parts available in Austria, among them the new taller bargeboards, a Mercedes-esque chassis fin and sidepod-surrounding deflectors, all captured here.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 side detail

Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 side detail
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Force India has added a couple of forward-swept fins either side of the VJM10’s chassis in order to improve flow over the sidepod's upper surface.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 cockpit detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 cockpit detail
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Mercedes has revised its wing mirror supports in Austria in an effort to optimise flow in the region. The use of an L-shaped support moves the base inboard and away from the direct influence of the vertical fin ahead of it.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF70H front wing detail

Ferrari SF70H front wing detail
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Ferrari as revised its front wing for Austria (upper) - the mainplane now features a more sinuous leading edge, with a pronounced curvature added where the flapped section meets the mandated neutral central section. Behind the main cascade, a new slotted canard can also be found mounted to the endplate.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Williams FW40 side detail

Williams FW40 side detail
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Another view of the updated bargeboards, which are to be trialled on the FW40 this weekend. They feature a revised geometry and are much taller than their predecessors. The footplates on both the main bargeboard and the smaller pre-board now also feature small winglets. Above the bargeboard the team has ntroduced the type of chassis horn that has been on present on the Mercedes this season, albeit with a much longer chord than the one used by its rivals from Brackley.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF70H floor detail

Ferrari SF70H floor detail
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The scythe-style slot that's been run since the start of the season may have been controversial, due to its noted flexibility, but the team has maintained its legality up until now. For Austria the slot that previously permeated the floor's edge has been closed and a metal insert has been added in order to increase rigidity.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Williams FW40 side detail

Williams FW40 side detail
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This shot of Williams' new sidepod deflectors from above shows the legality slot added by the team in order to mirror the slot placed in the floor below.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 front detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 front detail
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Mercedes has updated its ‘cape’ for Austria, with a change in profile and a slot added toward the trailing edge.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Williams FW40 floor detail

Williams FW40 floor detail
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Detailed shot of the area ahead of the rear tyre, which the team updated a few races ago.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Williams FW40 nose detail

Williams FW40 nose detail
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The FW40’s front wing pillars have been revised for Austria. There has been a change in shape - perhaps most notably on the lower trailing edge - while a slot similar to the ones used by McLaren this and last season can also be found midships.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Williams FW40 nose detail

Williams FW40 nose detail
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A front view of the slot added in the centre of the front wing pillars of the FW40 in Austria.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear diffuser detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear diffuser detail
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A detailed shot of the outside section of Mercedes' diffuser, which reaches back to change how it shapes the airflow flowing through it and how it interacts with the rear tyre's wake.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 front brake and wheel hub detail

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 front brake and wheel hub detail
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Note the use of a blown axle, which Renault introduced several races ago.

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Haas F1 Team VF-17 front wing detail

Haas F1 Team VF-17 front wing detail
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The larger pre-turning vanes are mounted on the main body of the nose, while the shorter leading elements of the turning vanes are also nose-mounted and work in tandem with another element mounted to the chassis.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Red Bull Racing RB13 front wheel hub detail

Red Bull Racing RB13 front wheel hub detail
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Sahara Force India VJM10 front suspension and chassis detail

Sahara Force India VJM10 front suspension and chassis detail
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Bulkhead detail of the VJM10 shows off the suspension componentry usually kept from view. Note the large 3rd ‘heave’ element mounted across the top section of the chassis.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Ferrari SF70H front wheel hub detail

Ferrari SF70H front wheel hub detail
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Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 front suspension and chassis detail

Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 front suspension and chassis detail
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Bulkhead detail of the RS17 including suspension, brake cylinders and ‘S’ duct pipework.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Ferrari SF70H front wing detail

Ferrari SF70H front wing detail
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The sensor mounted on the SF70H’s front wing suggests that the team is evaluating how much and where it may be flexing.

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Haas F1 Team VF-17 front wing detail

Haas F1 Team VF-17 front wing detail
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Haas briefly tested this new front wing configuration last time out in Baku. It features a revised endplate, with the latter part divided into a separate section in order that the airflow behave in a different way.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Ferrari SF70H front wing

Ferrari SF70H front wing
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Rearward shot of Ferrari’s new front wing, featuring a new slotted endplate canard and curved mainplane where it meets with the mandated central section.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear detail
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Note the vertical strakes carved into the leading and trailing edge in order to improve efficiency.

Photo by: Sutton Images

The McLaren team organise an all-female pit stop

The McLaren team organise an all-female pit stop
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In this shot of a practice pitstop, you can see that McLaren has outfitted the car with its T-wing solutions, which was removed for Azerbaijan.

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 front brake duct

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 front brake duct
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A close-up shot of the W08’s front brake duct shows the level of aerodynamic detailing that goes into this area of the car.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear detail
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Mercedes has added a short chord winglet just below the suspension in Austria.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear detail
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Mercedes has added a winglet either side of the crash structure in an effort to maximise the change in airflow shape created by the winglet added under the rear suspension seen in the previous image.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Mercedes AMG F1 F1 W08 rear diffuser detail

Mercedes AMG F1 F1 W08  rear diffuser detail
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Photo by: Sutton Images

Renault Sport F1 Team airbox snorkel detail

Renault Sport F1 Team airbox snorkel detail
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Photo by: Sutton Images

Ferrari SF70H 'S' duct detail

Ferrari SF70H 'S' duct detail
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Photo by: Sutton Images

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Series Formula 1
Event Austrian GP
Track Red Bull Ring
Article type Top List
Topic Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis