Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis
Topic

Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Australian GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images provide us with the best technical images from the pitlane as preparations get underway for the Australian GP

Australian GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

Click on the arrows to cycle through the images below...

Mercedes F1 W11 rear detail
Mercedes F1 W11 rear detail
1/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A close-up of the rear of the Mercedes W11's suspension upright, which has been opened up to comply with the FIA's new technical directive on the matter.
Racing Point RP20, brake detail
Racing Point RP20, brake detail
2/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Racing Point's rear brake and suspension assembly. Note how the channel formed in the upright has been plugged with styrofoam, as the team looks at ways to comply with the FIA's new technical directive on the matter.
McLaren MCL35, wing detail
McLaren MCL35, wing detail
3/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren has two front wing specifications available to them in Australia. The top one is the newest spec and was trialed throughout the second week of the pre-season test.
Racing Point RP20
Racing Point RP20
4/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A Racing Point mechanic handles the intercooler before it's fitted in the left-hand sidepod.
Racing Point RP20
Racing Point RP20
5/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Racing Point mechanics prepare the radiator for the right-hand sidepod.
Mercedes F1 W11
Mercedes F1 W11
6/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A look at Mercedes' rear brake assembly before the covers go on. Note the silver ductwork which carries air from the inlet to cool the brake caliper within.
Ferrari SF1000
Ferrari SF1000
7/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari's sidepod and engine cover bodywork which is made from one much larger piece, rather than smaller sections as done elsewhere on the grid.
Ferrari SF1000 front detail
Ferrari SF1000 front detail
8/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The brake duct design on the Ferrari SF1000 features a two-piece drum, improving the airflows path as it travels across the face of the assembly and out through the wheel rim.
Haas F1 Team VF20, floor detail
Haas F1 Team VF20, floor detail
9/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The Haas VF20's floor section ahead of the rear tyre has a different finish, as the team look to improve stability in a region where multiple slots and holes could easily cause it to be damaged.
Renault F1 Team R.S.20 front wing detail
Renault F1 Team R.S.20 front wing detail
10/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Renault's 2020 nose design, which features a main structure akin to what were seen from Mercedes over the last few seasons and an enlarged cape.
Mercedes F1 W11 front suspension detail
Mercedes F1 W11 front suspension detail
11/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

An exposed view of Mercedes front end with the much talked about steering assembly for DAS in clear view.
McLaren MCL35 rear suspension detail
McLaren MCL35 rear suspension detail
12/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The McLaren MCL35's rear suspension, note how the brake duct is opened up on the upper surface to gather in more airflow.
McLaren MCL35 diffuser detail
McLaren MCL35 diffuser detail
13/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The new diffuser which was tested by McLaren during the second week of pre-season testing.
McLaren MCL35 sidepods detail
McLaren MCL35 sidepods detail
14/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The McLaren MCL35's bargeboard and deflector region.
Mercedes F1 W11 sidepods detail
Mercedes F1 W11 sidepods detail
15/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

As a comparison a similar area on the Mercedes W11. Note how they use more horizontal sections to bridge the gap in the middle of the deflector panel.
Mercedes F1 W11 rear detail
Mercedes F1 W11 rear detail
16/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The Mercedes W11's rear wing assembly and single element T-wing. Also note the single bladed element between the rear wing pillars, above the exhaust. This just helps to tidy up the flow coming off the engine cover before they're influenced by the exhaust gasses.
Williams FW43 floor detail
Williams FW43 floor detail
17/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The Williams FW43's floor has metalwork stitched into the floor around the tyre squirt slots, in order that the floor doesn't flex too much and close the gap, reducing their effectiveness.
Mercedes F1 W11 front suspension detail
Mercedes F1 W11 front suspension detail
18/18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This top-down overview of the Mercedes W11's sidepod shows the louvred cooling panel alongside the cockpit, which is currently utilizing one of their largest configurations.
shares
comments
Bottas: Mercedes will need to "calculate" risk of DAS protest

Previous article

Bottas: Mercedes will need to "calculate" risk of DAS protest

Next article

McLaren F1 team withdraws from Australian GP due to coronavirus

McLaren F1 team withdraws from Australian GP due to coronavirus
Load comments
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Prime

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Prime

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers Prime

How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Turkish Grand Prix driver ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for Turkey glory Prime

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for Turkey glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Prime

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021
Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems Prime

Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of action for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, on the Istanbul circuit’s much improved track surface. But the Black Arrows squad’s position isn’t quite what it seems. Here’s why...

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021
The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower Prime

The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower

On 8 October 1961, Innes Ireland claimed victory at the United States Grand Prix to herald the true arrival of a new Formula 1 giant. While Team Lotus endured plenty of highs and lows until the team folded over three decades later, Colin Chapman's squad made F1 history and helped shape the championship.

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021