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Belgian GP: Latest F1 tech updates, direct from the garages

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Belgian GP: Latest F1 tech updates, direct from the garages
Giorgio Piola
By: Giorgio Piola
Co-author: Matthew Somerfield
Aug 23, 2018, 7:59 PM

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images showcase the latest Formula 1 technical developments on show in the Spa-Francorchamps pitlane at the Belgian Grand Prix. Click through the images below...

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Red Bull Racing RB14 rear wing detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 rear wing detail
1/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A very slender looking rear wing for Red Bull, as the team look to marginalise its power deficit on the long straights of the Spa circuit.

Ferrari SF71H rear wing detail

Ferrari SF71H rear wing detail
2/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A rear view of Ferrari’s lower-downforce, reduced-drag rear wing that will be tested in Belgium this weekend.

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 rear detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 rear detail
3/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A look at the Toro Rosso STR13 without its bodywork shows the Honda power unit and associated ancillaries’ installation.

Haas F1 Team VF-18 rear wing detail

Haas F1 Team VF-18 rear wing detail
4/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Haas will trial a low downforce rear wing of its own, as it looks to reduce drag on the long straights around the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 front wing detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 front wing detail
5/19

Photo by: Erik Junius

New front wing, which was trialled at the last test in Hungary, and features an additional slotted ‘r’ cascade to turn the airflow across the front face of the tyre.

Red Bull Racing RB14 front wing

Red Bull Racing RB14 front wing
6/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Already raced by Red Bull this season, the wing specification shown here only features a pair of upper flaps, as the team looks to balance the downforce available front-to-rear.

Red Bull Racing RB14 rear wing

Red Bull Racing RB14 rear wing
7/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull will trial a very low downforce option for Spa, devoid of endplate louvres, such is the low angle of attack that the wing is run at. We may see this selection usurped by something with a little bite behind it during the weekend, if it doesn’t provide the necessary balance in the circuit’s more tricky second sector.

Red Bull Racing RB14 mirror detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 mirror detail
8/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull also arrived with a revamped mirror assembly for Spa, taking on the two-piece design style we’ve seen used by Ferrari all season and subsequently copied by Toro Rosso at Silverstone.

Red Bull Racing RB14 mirror detail

Red Bull Racing RB14 mirror detail
9/19

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

As we can see from this side on shot of the mirror, the outer housing has been stripped back to encourage the airflow to move around the structure in a very specific way.

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 front wing detail

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 front wing detail
10/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A close up of Toro Rosso’s front wing with its triple-element footplate.

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 rear wheel hub

Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18 rear wheel hub
11/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A look at Renault’s rear brake setup, complete with L-shaped brake duct inlet.

Force India VJM11 in the garage

Force India VJM11 in the garage
12/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A look at the VJM11 chassis as the mechanics go to work on it in the garage.

Ferrari SF71H rear wing detail

Ferrari SF71H rear wing detail
13/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A close up of the lower rear wing endplate strakes on the Ferrari SF71-H and the complex curved diffuser extension arrangement.

Ferrari SF71H barge board

Ferrari SF71H barge board
14/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A look at the ever-more complex area ahead of the sidepods on Ferrari’s SF71-H, including bargeboards and sidepod deflectors.

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 front wheel hub

Mercedes AMG F1 W09 front wheel hub
15/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

A look at the W09’s front brake assembly and the front of the chassis during build up, which exposes some of the details ordinarily covered up.

Ferrari SF71H rear wheel hub and brake detail

Ferrari SF71H rear wheel hub and brake detail
16/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

Ferrari’s rear brake assembly sans brake drum shows how airflow taken in by the inlet is distributed to the components.

Haas F1 Team VF-18 chassis detail

Haas F1 Team VF-18 chassis detail
17/19

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

An exposed shot of the VF18’s chassis shows off the front suspension and brake cylinder detail that’s usually covered up.

Red Bull Racing RB14 mirror

Red Bull Racing RB14 mirror
18/19

Photo by: Manuel Goria / Sutton Images

Another view of Red Bull’s new wing mirror design which takes inspiration from Ferrari’s two-piece solution but applies it to the design already run by the team this season.

Ferrari SF71H steering wheel

Ferrari SF71H steering wheel
19/19

Photo by: Manuel Goria / Sutton Images

A close up of Ferrari’s steering wheel, note the two blisters in the rubberised section that has garnered attention recently.

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