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Gallery: Key F1 tech spy shots at Chinese GP

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Gallery: Key F1 tech spy shots at Chinese GP
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Co-author: Matt Somerfield
Apr 7, 2017, 1:30 PM

Giorgio Piola gets under the skin of the F1 tech war in the Shanghai paddock.

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McLaren MCL32 T-wing detail

McLaren MCL32 T-wing detail
1/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

T-wings have already cropped up on five other cars (Mercedes, Ferrari, Williams, Haas and Sauber), and McLaren has now made that six with its own unorthodox concept.

Williams FW40 front wing detail

Williams FW40 front wing detail
2/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A new guide vane has been added to the flapped section (white arrow) which revises the direction of airflow as it moves across the front face of the tyre.

Williams FW40, front wing comprasion

Williams FW40, front wing comprasion
3/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The outer endplate canard has also been revised for China, with a much larger version present on the new wing (red arrow).

Ferrari SF70H rear detail

Ferrari SF70H rear detail
4/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A look at Ferrari's rear brake duct assembly shows that the team has made some revisions when compared with last season, as the inlet now has fins to prevent debris from becoming lodged within. Ferrari has also opened up a slot in the drum to allow heat to radiate from the brakes into the wheel rim, improving the tyre's thermal window.

Sauber C36 side detail

Sauber C36 side detail
5/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The Swiss team has added a fin to the side of the chassis in China, improving the airflow both around and through the sidepod.

Ferrari SF70H rear wing detail

Ferrari SF70H rear wing detail
6/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari is the only team to use two rear wing mounting pillars this season, both of which have swan-neck styling in order to improve the airflow supplied to the underside of the mainplane.

McLaren MCL32 garage build-up

McLaren MCL32 garage build-up
7/17

Photo by: Motorsport Images

Here's a great shot of the MCL32 during build-up, showing many of the bare elements of the car we wouldn't ordinarily see.

Williams FW40 front wheel detail

Williams FW40 front wheel detail
8/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

As Williams prepared the FW40 for scrutineering, it appeared the team may be changing to a front blown axle.

Williams FW40 front wheel detail

Williams FW40 front wheel detail
9/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

It soon became apparent, though, that the axle would remain closed at least until Williams was able to do some back-to-back testing.

Red Bull RB13 in garage

Red Bull RB13 in garage
10/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull has taken additional time on Thursday to prepare the car as it's expected the team will have changes to both the rear suspension and some updated aero parts for this GP.

Ferrari SF70H floor

Ferrari SF70H floor
11/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Some areas of the car aren't usually exposed but this shot gives a view of the car's floor and shows its complexity.

McLaren MCL32 rear wing detail

McLaren MCL32 rear wing detail
12/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Another look at the interesting transition that McLaren has opted to use for the rear wing endplates, utilising four strakes for airflow manipulation, rather than a simple curvature of the surface.

Ferrari SF70H brake detail

Ferrari SF70H brake detail
13/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari's front brake duct assembly, while not fully built, shows how the team utilises a crossover pipe, which moves airflow taken in by the main inlet and ejects it out of the front wheel's face.

McLaren MCL32 detail

McLaren MCL32 detail
14/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This shot of McLaren's new T-wing also affords a generous look at the sinuous and relatively uncomplicated monkey seat.

Sauber C36 rear wing detail

Sauber C36 rear wing detail
15/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This impressive rear-end shot of the C36 reveals many details - one that sticks out among them is the retention of the supports for the team's unraced T-wing on the end of the shark fin.

Haas VF17 front wing detail

Haas VF17 front wing detail
16/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The arc and shape of the leading edge of the mainplane and flaps were revised on the Haas front wing introduced in Australia.

Haas VF17, front wing detail

Haas VF17, front wing detail
17/17

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

As part of the front wing update introduced in Australia, the endplate canard was also revised, changing in shape and length.

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Series Formula 1
Event Chinese GP
Location Shanghai International Circuit
Author Giorgio Piola