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Austrian GP: Best F1 technical images from the pitlane

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Austrian GP: Best F1 technical images from the pitlane

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Red Bull Racing RB16B rear detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B rear detail
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A great overview shot of the RB16B including the new serrated diffuser, central wing pillar exhaust shroud and its spoon-shaped rear wing.

Photo by: Uncredited

Mercedes W12 brake drum detail
Mercedes W12 brake drum detail
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Mercedes' rear brake drum design with a looped section displaced from the main body of the drum in the upper half. This should help manage the tyre temperatures differently on the shoulder.

Photo by: Uncredited

Aston Martin AMR21 detail
Aston Martin AMR21 detail
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Aston Martin has added two vortex generators to the sidepod wing as it looks to improve flow around the sidepods shoulder further still.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Aston Martin AMR21 detail
Aston Martin AMR21 detail
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Rearward facing shot of the new vortex generators added to the sidepod wing on the AMR21.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB16B rear detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B rear detail
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An extreme close up of the serrated edge applied to the diffuser Gurney-like flaps that Red Bull introduced at the Styrian GP and ran on Max Verstappen’s car.

Photo by: Uncredited

Red Bull Racing RB16B rear detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B rear detail
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Not a feature that’s only seen on the Red Bull but a nice shot of the vortex generators that help with the central transition of the diffuser.

Photo by: Uncredited

Aston Martin AMR21 front wing detail
Aston Martin AMR21 front wing detail
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A rare treat as we get to have a look at the rear of the Aston Martin AMR21’s front wing, note how everything is purposely shaped to direct the airflow across and around the front tyre more efficiently.

Photo by: Uncredited

Aston Martin AMR21 front wing detail
Aston Martin AMR21 front wing detail
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In this close up we can also see how the team has added an inner footplate beneath the endplate to help direct the airflow.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 front wing detail
Ferrari SF21 front wing detail
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A great view of the underside of the Ferrari’s SF21’s nose as the mechanics move it around the pit box. Note the tongue-like appendage that directs the airflow collected by the nostrils at the front of the nose, while a, inlet resides just behind to capture the airflow as it passes by.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 detail
Ferrari SF21 detail
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The three winglets on the edge of the test floor that Ferrari has in Austria as it evaluates the new setup for forthcoming races.

Photo by: Uncredited

Mercedes W12 front brake detail
Mercedes W12 front brake detail
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A look at the Mercedes W12 brake assembly prior to the drum being installed shows us how some of the ductwork is used to help cool the brakes and offer aerodynamic assistance.

Photo by: Uncredited

Red Bull Racing RB16B front brake drum detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B front brake drum detail
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In contrast the Red Bull front brake assembly with the drum attached shows how it’s using a channel cut into the surface to help force airflow out through the wheel rim.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 detail
Ferrari SF21 detail
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The bargeboard cluster and sidepod deflector panels on the Ferrari SF21, note there are four rows of upstand fins mounted on the footplate to help guide airflow outboard.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 detail
Ferrari SF21 detail
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A close up of those upstand fins and the multi-element footplate they reside on, also note the small cutouts that perforate the boomerang above which are needed for legality reasons.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 detail
Ferrari SF21 detail
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A close up of the mid-section of the bargeboard cluster’s double boomerang arrangement that blends into two vertical elements on the edge of the car. Note the shape of the venetian blind-like elements too.

Photo by: Uncredited

Alpine A521 detail
Alpine A521 detail
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A close up of the outer section of the diffuser and the three strakes mounted on the lower portion of the rear wing endplate.

Photo by: Uncredited

Mercedes W12 detail
Mercedes W12 detail
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Mercedes has the higher downforce rear wing and T-wing arrangement mounted on the W12 once again this weekend.

Photo by: Uncredited

Mercedes W12 detail
Mercedes W12 detail
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Close up of the Mercedes W12’s front wing – note how the downwash canard is split to allow access to the inner cavity of the endplate which has the thermal imaging camera mounted on the opposite side.

Photo by: Uncredited

Aston Martin AMR21 detail
Aston Martin AMR21 detail
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The cooling on the Aston Martin AMR21 is opened up alongside the cockpit and halo with bodywork peeled back on the trailing edge of the halo and a large louvred panel used to evacuate the heat being rejected.

Photo by: Uncredited

Aston Martin AMR21 detail
Aston Martin AMR21 detail
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A rearward shot of the Aston Martin AMR21’s nose shows how it utilises a boat tail-like design which is complemented by the two channels pressed into the stern section.

Photo by: Uncredited

Aston Martin AMR21 rear detail
Aston Martin AMR21 rear detail
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A close up of Aston Martin’s rear wing endplate which shares many of the features seen on the Mercedes design. However, note the cavity that permits another upwash strike in the forward section.

Photo by: Uncredited

Aston Martin AMR21 rear detail
Aston Martin AMR21 rear detail
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A close up of the AMR21’s exhaust and wastegate solution, also note the rearward leg of the wishbone mounted on the crash structure, rather than the gearbox casing just like Mercedes.

Photo by: Uncredited

Aston Martin AMR21 detail
Aston Martin AMR21 detail
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Outer corner of the diffuser on the AMR21, which you’ll note has feather-edged strakes, while a row of vortex generators help with flow over the transition in the centre.

Photo by: Uncredited

Red Bull Racing RB16B rear detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B rear detail
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A nice overview of the RB16B’s rear wing endplates with their louvred hanging section, upwash strikes, carefully managed swept strip and six increasingly smaller strakes beneath.

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Red Bull Racing RB16B detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B detail
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A slightly different angle of the RB16B than we’re used to seeing shows the various surfaces used to help guide the airflow around the sidepod and venetian blind-like array that protects those flow structures from the tyre wake.

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Aston Martin AMR21 detail
Aston Martin AMR21 detail
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Mechanics work on the AMR21’s front suspension as they prepare the car for action.

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AlphaTauri AT02 detail
AlphaTauri AT02 detail
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A look under the covers of the AlphaTauri AT02 without the sidepod and engine cover bodywork attached gives us a good view of the cooler arrangement, both in the sidepod and the saddle coolers above the power unit.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF21 front brake drum detail
Ferrari SF21 front brake drum detail
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Ferrari’s front brake drum has a large crossover duct that’s exposed to create a larger cavity between the drum and wheel rim in an effort to help with temperature control and aerodynamics. Also note the triangular strake to help align the flow.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari mechanics push the car of Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, along the pitlane
Ferrari mechanics push the car of Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, along the pitlane
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The SF21 of Carlos Sainz is pushed down the pitlane to scrutineering.

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Alfa Romeo Racing C41 rear detail
Alfa Romeo Racing C41 rear detail
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A great overview of the Alfa Romeo C41 from the rear including the rear wing, exhaust layout and diffuser.

Photo by: Uncredited

Alfa Romeo Racing C41 rear detail
Alfa Romeo Racing C41 rear detail
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A close up of the diffuser on the C41, note the small vanes in the outer channel, a feature that separates from the rest of the grid.

Photo by: Uncredited

Mercedes W12 detail
Mercedes W12 detail
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Wide angle side shot of the Mercedes W12 shows us how the cape section beneath the nose is shaped in order to help caress the airflow.

Photo by: Uncredited

Red Bull Racing RB16B detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B detail
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Close up of the Red Bull RB16B’s rear wing and more specifically the robust looking central swan-neck pillar and DRS pod.

Photo by: Uncredited

Red Bull Racing RB16B detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B detail
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Not new but worth another look is the treatment on the edge of the RB16B’s floor, with a double flap arrangement butted up against an outwardly fin just ahead of the floor cutout. Meanwhile, five other outwardly angled fins ahead of that help to control the airflow's direction as it makes its way around the sidepod.

Photo by: Uncredited

Red Bull Racing RB16B detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B detail
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Overview of the RB16B’s bargeboard cluster and sidepod deflector panel, note the feather-like detail on the top of the main element.

Photo by: Uncredited

Red Bull Racing RB16B detail
Red Bull Racing RB16B detail
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The forward section of the bargeboard cluster on the RB16B with a series of winglets deployed on top of the multi-element footplate to help divert flow outboard.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 rear detail
Ferrari SF21 rear detail
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Ferrari utilising a large cooling outlet at the rear of the car such are the demands of the circuit due to the altitude.

Photo by: Uncredited

Mercedes W12 detail
Mercedes W12 detail
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A close up of Mercedes ‘wavey’ floor, which has a large flap mounted just behind.

Photo by: Uncredited

Mercedes W12 detail
Mercedes W12 detail
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A close up of the area ahead of the rear tyre on the Mercedes W12, note the way the floor flicks up toward the trailing edge to help roll the edge over.

Photo by: Uncredited

Williams FW43B rear detail
Williams FW43B rear detail
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Rear end shot of the Williams FW43B, note the shorter strake in the outermost section of the diffuser which was altered as part of an upgrade for the team at the last race.

Photo by: Uncredited

Mercedes W12 front wing detail
Mercedes W12 front wing detail
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With the front wing mounted on the floor we can see how much the footplate is turned up on the Mercedes W12.

Photo by: Uncredited

Alpine A521 detail nose and front wing detail
Alpine A521 detail nose and front wing detail
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The two wing specs available to Alpine for the Austrian GP – note the difference in shape of the trailing edge of the upper flap and how much more tightly wound the flaps are at the tips on the lower wing than they are on the upper one.

Photo by: Uncredited

Ferrari SF21 detail
Ferrari SF21 detail
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A great view of the stack of winglets on the Ferrari SF21’s chassis.

Photo by: Uncredited

 


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