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Sakhir GP: Latest F1 technical developments from the teams

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

Sakhir GP: Latest F1 technical developments from the teams
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Racing Point RP20 rear wing detail
Racing Point RP20 rear wing detail
1/13
Last seen at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Racing Point has installed a spoon-shaped rear wing for the Sakhir GP as it looks to reduce some of the downforce and drag on the RP20.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes AMG W11 front
Mercedes AMG W11 front
2/13
The W11 is prepared for action by the Mercedes mechanics with the necessary adjustments being made for George Russell, who replaces Lewis Hamilton. With the brake drums removed we can see the twisted bypass pipework that takes airflow collected by the main inlet and dispenses it out the wheel face.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes F1 W11 floor detail
Mercedes F1 W11 floor detail
3/13
A great shot of the Mercedes W11’s floor as it is lent against the garage wall, giving us a view of all the holes and slots on the edge of the floor, the slots in the splitter extension and the perforated Gurney extensions that follow the edge of the diffuser.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes F1 W11 rear detail
Mercedes F1 W11 rear detail
4/13
See how the lighting shows off the rear wing endplates contours and how deep the six upwash strikes can be as a consequence.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A Renault F1 mechanic at work in the garage
A Renault F1 mechanic at work in the garage
5/13
A look at the inboard suspension elements on the Renault RS20, more specifically the heave element.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Ferrari mechanics in the garage with one of their cars
Ferrari mechanics in the garage with one of their cars
6/13
The front brake assemblies on the Ferrari SF1000. It usually uses an asymmetric layout with a more-open brake drum on one side whereas here it has the same style on both sides.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Ferrari SF1000 front brake drum detail
Ferrari SF1000 front brake drum detail
7/13
A close up of the brake duct and drum configuration, note the fins on the inside of the fence, not a novelty to Ferrari but interesting to see the steep angle they’re mounted at.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Alfa Romeo mechanics work on one of their cars in the garage
Alfa Romeo mechanics work on one of their cars in the garage
8/13
As a comparison, here’s the Alfa Romeo front end and we can see how it has a window open above the brake disc to help heat escape.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Sparks fly from Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP20
Sparks fly from Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP20
9/13
Sparks fly from the titanium skid blocks on the underside of the floor on the Racing Point but also note the gradual spoon-shaped rear wing being used this weekend.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP20, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C39
Sergio Perez, Racing Point RP20, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C39
10/13
As Perez trundles down the pitlane on the speed-limiter we can see there are two large pods mounted either side of the airbox. These house additional thermal imaging cameras that monitor temperatures on both sides of the car, both front and rear.

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren MCL35
Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren MCL35
11/13
Similarly, McLaren has thermal imaging cameras monitoring all four tyres on Carlos Sainz’s car, albeit in different pods.

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Sparks fly from Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16
Sparks fly from Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16
12/13
Sparks flying off the underside of Max Verstappen’s RB16 illuminate the rear wing which has been painted with flo-viz as the team assess whether it’s performing as expected.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Sparks kick up from Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C39
Sparks kick up from Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C39
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Alfa Romeo trialling a spoon-shaped rear wing on Giovinazzi’s car as it looks for the best performance trade-off for the new circuit layout. Also note the forces being exerted on the left rear tyre, as the tyre wrinkles under load.

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

 


 

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