Emilia Romagna GP: Best F1 2021 technical images from Imola

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the second round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship at Imola, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Emilia Romagna GP: Best F1 2021 technical images from Imola

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Damage of the car of Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Damage of the car of Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21
1/18

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Charles Leclerc’s crash damage allowed us to get a great view of the underside of the Ferrari SF21’s front wing.

The car of Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, is loaded onto a truck

The car of Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, is loaded onto a truck
2/18

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Detail of the SF21’s underside was also revealed as the car was hoisted onto the recovery truck.

McLaren MCL35M brake duct detail

McLaren MCL35M brake duct detail
3/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren’s front brake duct assembly has two new inlets amongst an array of fins this season that help feed airflow through the assembly for aerodynamic gain. It’s a similar arrangement to the one used by Mercedes last season but McLaren has now inverted its brake duct shape for a similar effect.

McLaren MCL35M front brake duct

McLaren MCL35M front brake duct
4/18

Photo by: McLaren

A shot of the MCL35M’s ‘cake tin’ shows how the team have placed various channels and outlets within its design to help magnify the aerodynamic effect it can have.

Ferrari SF21 floor detail

Ferrari SF21 floor detail
5/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari trialled a new floor during Free Practice that featured the Z-Shaped cutout that some rivals have been using throughout the opening phase of the season. The cutout is paired with a new strake, while the trio of fins midway down the floor have been removed.

Mercedes W12 diffuser comparison

Mercedes W12 diffuser comparison
6/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes made a modification to the diffuser for the second race of the season, altering the shape of one of the vertical stakes (highlighted in green). As you can see L-Shaped strake has been replaced by a full-length version.

Red Bull Racing RB16B rear detail

Red Bull Racing RB16B rear detail
7/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A great shot of the Red Bull RB16’s diffuser as it is hoisted onto the recovery truck following the driveshaft failure that befell Max Verstappen.

Red Bull Racing RB16B floor detail

Red Bull Racing RB16B floor detail
8/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Highlighting the cluster of fins used by Red Bull on the RB16B to coerce the airflow outboard.

Mercedes F1 W12 diffuser detail

Mercedes F1 W12 diffuser detail
9/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This is not new but an interesting detail is the surface treatment in the transition zone on the Mercedes W12’s diffuser.

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M
10/18

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

A good overview of the McLaren MCL35M and the various surfaces that go to make up the bargeboard cluster.

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21
11/18

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Flo-viz painted on the spoon-shaped rear wing of the Aston Martin AMR21 as the team checked to make sure the new design is providing the performance expected of it.

Valtteri Bottas & Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Valtteri Bottas & Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12
12/18

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Mercedes testing out different rear wing configurations, as Bottas has the twin pillar arrangement while Hamilton has the single pillar.

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21
13/18

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

The aerial view of the Aston Martin AMR21 shows just how much of the floor the team has cut away in order to alter the angle of the floor. You’ll also note the floor is contoured to further invoke the aerodynamic effect it’s looking for.

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21
14/18

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Aston Martin has new sidepod bodywork and new wing mirrors stalks for the AMR21 at Imola, as it looks to reduce the size of the inlets and improve aerodynamic performance.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21
15/18

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Much smaller rear cooling outlets on the Ferrari SF21 than it was forced to run in Bahrain.

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M
16/18

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Flo-viz paint on the rear corner of the McLaren as the team looks to collect visual confirmation that the new parts in this region are performing as anticipated.

George Russell, Williams FW43B

George Russell, Williams FW43B
17/18

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Flo-viz painted on the front end of the Williams FW43B will help the team identify any issues with their correlation between their simulation tools and the real-world environment, while also capturing information regarding their new front wing setup.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, leaves the garage

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, leaves the garage
18/18

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Aerial view of the Red Bull RB16B shows how narrow the bodywork is and also highlights the fins mounted on the floor beside the bellies of the sidepods.

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