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Russian GP: Latest key F1 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments on display at the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Motorsport Images.

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Ferrari SF1000 rear wing comparison
Ferrari SF1000 rear wing comparison
1/20
A new rear wing is available to Ferrari this weekend with alterations made to the endplate noted by the arrows in this comparison. The upper rear corner cutout now features a serrated edge (red arrow), whilst the endplate is thinner in the rear section to accommodate larger upwash strikes (blue arrow) and the hanging vane portion of the endplate is now divided into three sections, rather than seven (yellow arrow).

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF1000 rear wing detail
Ferrari SF1000  rear wing detail
2/20
Another view of Ferrari’s new rear wing endplate which draws its inspiration from solutions seen on the Mercedes.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren MCL35 front wing detail
McLaren MCL35 front wing detail
3/20
During Friday’s Free Practice sessions McLaren continued to test the new nose solution that it took to Mugello (but didn’t race) and also tested a new front wing too. The wing features three main changes, two around the Y250 region, with the upper two flaps joined more intently to prevent the gap between them narrowing (blue arrow) and the lowermost flap tip has been blunted (red arrow). The outer section of the wing has seen the flaps relaxed to alter how the airflow moves across and around the front tyre.

Photo by: Motorsport Images

McLaren MCL35 front wing comparison
McLaren MCL35 front wing comparison
4/20
Another angle to show a comparison of the front wing solutions on the McLaren MCL35 this weekend.

Photo by: Motorsport Images

Alfa Romeo C39 rear wing detail
Alfa Romeo C39 rear wing detail
5/20
Alfa Romeo has also optimised its rear wing endplate arrangement, adding a swordtail fish-like extension to the first hanging strake that then traverses the length of the others. It’s a very similar design detail to what we’ve seen Mercedes use for some time now.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Racing Point RP20 rear detail
Racing Point RP20 rear detail
6/20
Top-down overview of the Racing Point RP20’s rear end showing that the team hadn’t installed the 2020 Mercedes rear suspension for scrutineering.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01
Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01
7/20
Flo-viz paint on the Alpha Tauri AT01 as the team hope to gather visual confirmation of the flow structures around the car. Also note the stickers on the rear wing which are being monitored by hi-speed cameras in order that the footage can be reviewed later.

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Haas F1 technical
Haas F1 technical
8/20
A closeup of the Haas VF20 front wing – nothing new here but still worth taking a look. Note the metal finish left exposed in the Y250 region, denoting the work undertaken to reduce the chance of flex in this very sensitive region.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

McLaren technical
McLaren technical
9/20
The front wing specification raced up until this point in the season, with its novel raised upper footplate treatment.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Renault technical
Renault technical
10/20
The latest specification Renault front wing with a large Gurney flap attached to the trailing edge of the upper flap

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Renault technical
Renault technical
11/20
For comparison, the Renault wing without the Gurney flap installed

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Ferrari technical
Ferrari technical
12/20
A look at Ferrari’s front wing with its curved flap tips around the Y250 region and strakes stepped back from the front edge of the mainplane. Note also this is the configuration with the arched footplate, not the flat version.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Mercedes technical
Mercedes technical
13/20
Mercedes appear to have returned to the previous specification front wing for the Russian GP, the tell-tale sign being the split secondary flap.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Mercedes technical
Mercedes technical
14/20
One of several bodywork configurations that Mercedes has available in Russia in order to get the cooling right.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35
15/20
Kiel probe arrays mounted behind the front wheels of the McLaren MCL35 as the team looks to capture data on the flow structures emanating from the front-end.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35, with Flow-viz paint applied
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35, with Flow-viz paint applied
16/20
The McLaren MCL35 of Lando Norris with remnants of flo-viz paint on it from the back-to-back testing the team were doing with the new nose and front wing versus their old configuration seen here.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43
Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43
17/20
A rear shot of the Williams FW43 showing the spoon-shaped rear wing and double-element T-Wing that the car may sport this weekend and was tested by Nicolas Latifi.

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing RB16
Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing RB16
18/20
A look at the rear end of the Red Bull RB16 which is sporting the lower T-Wing again this weekend.

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Esteban Ocon, Renault F1 Team R.S.20
Esteban Ocon, Renault F1 Team R.S.20
19/20
The Renault RS20 rear end, which appears to be running a relatively low downforce and low cooling solution this weekend when compared with some rivals.

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35
20/20
A rear view of the McLaren MCL35 showing the wing, diffuser and cooling solution being used this weekend.

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

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