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Day 3: F1 2020 testing tech updates from the track

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you an update of the best technical images from the Barcelona pitlane and track action on the third and final day of the first Formula 1 test of 2020.

Day 3: F1 2020 testing tech updates from the track

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Red Bull Racing RB16 engine
Red Bull Racing RB16 engine
1/27
The removal of the screens for testing allows us to get images and insight of the cars in a way that’s not been possible before. In this image we get a great view of the cooling radiators and ancillary packaging above the Honda power unit of the Red Bull RB16. A decision driven by their desire to reduce the size of the sidepods for maximum aerodynamic gain.

Photo by: Franco Nugnes

AlphaTauri AT01 engine
AlphaTauri AT01 engine
2/27
As a comparison, we get to see under the bodywork of the Alpha Tauri AT01, which as you’ll note is synergistically aligned with its sister team based on the fact that they both use the same power unit.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Racing Point RP20 engine
Racing Point RP20 engine
3/27
Covers off: A great view under the skin of the Racing Point RP20, as we get to see the position of the side-impact spar, the radiator position and some of the power unit’s makeup, including the contortions that the exhaust must go through.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Haas F1 Team VF-20
Haas F1 Team VF-20
4/27
This side-on shot of the Haas VF20 gives us good view of the sidepods and bargeboard region.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

AlphaTauri AT01
AlphaTauri AT01
5/27
The rear-end on the Alpha Tauri AT10, note the use of the spoon-shaped rear wing and also the view we’re afforded of the diffuser.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Mercedes F1 W11
Mercedes F1 W11
6/27
The Mercedes W11 as it scampers out of the pitlane with a large kiel probe array attached at the rear end. This is used to create an aerodynamic map, or profile, of the airflow as it exits at the rear of the car, with special consideration given to the diffuser and tyre wake, as noted by the angle of the kiel probes.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Mercedes AMG F1 W11 brake
Mercedes AMG F1 W11 brake
7/27
A shot of the W11’s front brake assembly without the drum casing in place afford us a fascinating view and insight into how the team are transmitting airflow from the main inlet, through the assembly and out of the wheel rim, in order that it can garner the aerodynamic benefits that it offers. Note the twisted silver pipework, a feature refined over last year’s design to account for the larger holes present in the axle.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes F1 AMG W11 brake
Mercedes F1 AMG W11 brake
8/27
Another shot of the Mercedes front brake assembly, noting the holes present in the axle.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes F1 AMG front suspension
Mercedes F1 AMG front suspension
9/27
The Mercedes W11’s chassis tapers in at the front in order to accommodate the narrower nose assembly ahead, while a carbon shroud is placed on the front-end of the bulkhead to dissuade prying eyes.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Haas F1 Team VF20 front end
Haas F1 Team VF20 front end
10/27
The Haas VF20 with small yellow guide dots on the front wing endplate are viewed by a high-speed camera mounted on the nosecone, as the team look at the amount of flex that the wing is undergoing throughout a lap.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Racing Point RP20 front suspension
Racing Point RP20 front suspension
11/27
A closeup of some of the inboard suspension setup being used on the Racing Point RP20 and while the chassis has drawn attention due to its close resemblance to last year’s Mercedes, we can see that it is still very much using its own componentry here.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren MCL35 front
McLaren MCL35 front
12/27
A new front wing arrived at the last day of testing for McLaren, with changes made to the shape of the flaps, the under-wing strakes, the role of the adjuster, the endplate and the outer footplate.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren MCL35 front
McLaren MCL35 front
13/27
This view of the McLaren MCL35 shows how the team has altered the design of the chassis, narrowing and reducing the height of it as much as possible, while a keel-like chin spoiler has also been added to improve flow characteristics.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Renault F1 Team R.S.20
Renault F1 Team R.S.20
14/27
A look at the rear end of the Renault RS20 which is running a high degree of rake.

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Alfa Romeo Racing C39
Alfa Romeo Racing C39
15/27
Alfa Romeo’s C39 covered in flo-viz paint around the front brake duct which has been transmitted downstream.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Alfa Romeo Racing C39
Alfa Romeo Racing C39
16/27

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Racing Point RP20
Racing Point RP20
17/27
In this top-down overview of the Racing Point RP20 note how tight the rear end has been pulled into the centreline of the car.

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

McLaren MCL35
McLaren MCL35
18/27
In this top-down overview of the MCL35 we can see that McLaren has flo-viz, in different colours, on the right-hand bargeboard and left-hand rear brake duct.

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Nose of the Haas F1 Team VF-20
Nose of the Haas F1 Team VF-20
19/27
The fins present in the Haas VF20’s nose are not only used to control flow through the inlets but also help them to confirm with the single-section regulations.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Steering wheel of the Ferrari SF1000
Steering wheel of the Ferrari SF1000
20/27
Here we get a great shot of the back of the Ferrari SF1000’s steering wheel, showing us the paddle layout.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Front wing of the Ferrari SF1000
Front wing of the Ferrari SF1000
21/27
A closeup of the outboard section of the SF1000’s front wing, note how the leading edge of each flap element has been brought forward a little near the under wing strakes, creating a wavy flap design.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Alfa Romeo Racing C39
Alfa Romeo Racing C39
22/27
The Alfa Romeo C39 rear wing sprayed with flo-viz paint in order to establish whether it’s getting the same results as it anticipated in simulations.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Front wing of Ferrari SF1000
Front wing of Ferrari SF1000
23/27
A mechanic changes the front wing angle on the Ferrari SF1000.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-20 crashes and causes a red flag
Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-20 crashes and causes a red flag
24/27
This image of the Haas VF20 with the tyre off the rim shows that its wheels have hollow spokes, much like we’ve seen from others over the past few years.

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35
25/27
The McLaren MCL35 with a 'lean-on', note the movement in the left-rear tyre as the car is loaded laterally.

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT01
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT01
26/27
Another lateral load picture, this time from AlphaTauri.

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Red Bull Racing RB16
Red Bull Racing RB16
27/27
Flo-viz around the nose tip for Red Bull as it checks flow consistency in that region is as expected.

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

 

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