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Qatar GP: Latest F1 technical updates on display

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Qatar GP: Latest F1 technical updates on display
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Red Bull Racing RB16B brake drum detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B brake drum detail
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Great shot of the Red Bull RB16B’s gearbox carrier, rear crash structure, rear suspension and upright assembly. Note the shaping of the rearward arms near the upright, as they are shaped in a way that better interacts with the winglets mounted on the brake fence (not pictured at the time). Also shows how far forward and high the upper wishbone elements are mounted at the inboard end.

Photo by: Uncredited

Mercedes W12 detail
Mercedes W12 detail
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The Mercedes W12 in a state of undress while being prepared gives us a glimpse at the inner workings of the front brake assembly – note the silver bypass pipework, which is twisted to accommodate the shape of the assembly but also to help direct the air which is dumped out the wheel face.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 detail
Ferrari SF21 detail
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The three outwardly angled ‘r’-shaped winglets on the edge of the Ferrari SF21’s floor.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 detail
Ferrari SF21 detail
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Ahead of that we have the Z-shaped floor cutout, also note the shape of the floor's edge behind it.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 detail
Ferrari SF21 detail
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A glimpse into the Ferrari SF21’s cockpit reveals the steering wheel with its various buttons, rotaries and toggles, which are used to help control the power unit and chassis features such as DRS.

Photo by: Uncredited

McLaren MCL35M detail
McLaren MCL35M detail
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A comparison as we take a look into the McLaren MCL35M’s cockpit and glance over its steering wheel too.

Photo by: Uncredited

AlphaTauri AT02 front detail
AlphaTauri AT02 front detail
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An interesting shot of the AlphaTauri AT02 shows the internal makeup of the front upright, including the positioning of the pushrod and the internal pipework that delivers airflow to the components inside the brake duct.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Alpine A521 front brake detail
Alpine A521 front brake detail
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The front brake assembly in a state of undress on the Alpine A521 shows us the bypass pipework beneath, that feeds air out through the wheel face.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB16B detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B detail
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Higher downforce rear wing from the selection is mounted on the Red Bull initially, which you’ll note appears to have had the louvred section of the endplate stiffened. The DRS actuator is also exposed so you can see the inner workings.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB16B front detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B front detail
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As the Red Bull mechanics prepare the RB16B for action in this shot we can see that at this point they have their low downforce, spoon-shaped rear wing on the car.

Photo by: Uncredited

Alpine A521 nose and front wing detail
Alpine A521 nose and front wing detail
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A rare glimpse of the front wing, nose and cape assembly from behind on the Alpine A521.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 detail
Ferrari SF21 detail
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High downforce rear wing and T-Wing arrangement on the Ferrari SF21, note the dots on the endplate which show how the wing elements of various sizes and attack angles would fit.

Photo by: Uncredited

Mercedes W12 detail
Mercedes W12 detail
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Looking down the floor of the Mercedes W12 from behind, we can see the two sets of four angled strakes that the team added to help divert the airflow outboard.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 detail
Ferrari SF21 detail
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Top-down overview of the Ferrari SF21’s bargeboard cluster for comparison, but also note the slots in the upper elements that are required due to the same slots in the elements below.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 rear detail
Ferrari SF21 rear detail
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Close up of the Ferrari SF21’s rear wing and the DRS actuator pod.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 detail
Ferrari SF21 detail
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The airbox on the Ferrari SF21, which is subdivided not only for the purposes of structural of the rollover structure within but also to separate the airflow and improve its delivery to the various components that require cooling within.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 detail
Ferrari SF21 detail
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Close up of the Ferrari SF21’s front brake duct gives an appreciation of how the inlet is divided up into smaller sections to help divert the air collected where it’s required, whether that’s for brake cooling or improving the aerodynamic output.

Photo by: Uncredited

Mercedes W12 detail
Mercedes W12 detail
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Great top-down overview of the bargeboard cluster on the Mercedes W12, also note the two diveplanes added on the chassis ahead of the sidepods and the shape of the strakes on the leading edge of the floor.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 in the garage
Ferrari SF21 in the garage
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Asymmetric brake duct layout for Ferrari again in Qatar, albeit with the opposite layout to how they ran in Brazil.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Front wing of Alfa Romeo Racing C41
Front wing of Alfa Romeo Racing C41
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Top-down overview of the Alfa Romeo C41’s front wing – not new but always worth observing just how skinny the uppermost flap is too.

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Red Bull Racing RB16B nose and front wing detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B nose and front wing detail
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For comparison, here’s a shot of the Red Bull RB16B’s front wing.

Photo by: Uncredited

Mercedes W12 cooling detail
Mercedes W12 cooling detail
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Maximum cooling outlet panel in place beside the halo for Mercedes in Qatar.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Alpine A521 detail
Alpine A521 detail
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Alpine is opting for a bodywork panel with a cooling outlet running out the trail leg of the halo.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren MCL35M detail
McLaren MCL35M detail
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McLaren has also taken this route for more-open bodywork as it installs a louvred panel beside the cockpit.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes W12 detail
Mercedes W12 detail
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The rear cooling outlet on the Mercedes W12 also appears to have been trimmed back slightly (white arrow).

Photo by: Giorgio Piola


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