Test 2, Day 2: 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 on second day of the final Formula 1 test of 2020.

Test 2, Day 2: F1 2020 testing tech updates from the track

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Alfa Romeo C39 rear wing
Alfa Romeo C39 rear wing
1/27
A close look at the Alfa Romeo rear wing with its new, extremely large swan neck-style support pillars.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes AMG F1 W11 front wing
Mercedes AMG F1 W11 front wing
2/27
Mercedes has been checking the flex of its front wing is within tolerances. It uses a camera mounted on the nosecone, looking across at three chequered stickers on the endplate, which act as a reference point when it looks back through the footage.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF1000 front wing
Ferrari SF1000 front wing
3/27
Ferrari conducting a similar test but with different equipment, as it places ride height sensors on the ends of the footplates and one in the centre of the wing.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren MCL35 brake
McLaren MCL35 brake
4/27
The McLaren MCL35’s front brake drum design differs slightly from last season, with more curvature and space allowed for the crossover section.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Alfa Romeo C39 rear wing
Alfa Romeo C39 rear wing
5/27
Another view of the C39’s tall rear wing pillars which you’ll note make it more accessible for the airflow on the underside of the wing, owing to the fact they’re not connected to it.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF1000 fronst suspension
Ferrari SF1000 fronst suspension
6/27
A close-up of Ferrari’s front suspension and more specifically its heave damper. Note its use of a classic spring within.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari SF1000 floor
Ferrari SF1000 floor
7/27
The floor area just ahead of the rear tyre on the Ferrari SF1000 is of particular note, as it has created a raised section that meets with the vertical floor strake. These changes are important when considering the aerodynamic turbulence created by the rear tyre, especially as it deforms and the impact that has on the diffuser. Therefore, these slots in the floor, flaps and vanes on top of it help to manipulate that turbulence, improving diffuser consistency.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB16, front
Red Bull Racing RB16, front
8/27
Red Bull mechanics work on the RB16 affording us a view of its front suspension and bulkhead design. Also note the kiel probes mounted in the airbox to collect data as the car circulates.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Bodywork detail on Esteban Ocon, Renault F1 Team R.S.20
Bodywork detail on Esteban Ocon, Renault F1 Team R.S.20
9/27
A close-up of the two apertures in the side of the nose cape on the Renault RS20.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Rear wing detail of a Haas VF-20
Rear wing detail of a Haas VF-20
10/27
A shot of the Haas VF20 rear wing and T-wing, showing the detail of its design. Note the two slot gap separators on its wing that lead to the two V grooves on the top flap’s trailing edge.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Wheel and brake duct detail of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari SF1000
Wheel and brake duct detail of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari SF1000
11/27
A close-up of the SF1000’s front brake duct, designed in order to carry as much airflow as possible across the face of the brake drum.

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The engine in Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF1000
The engine in Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF1000
12/27
Under the covers: A look at some of the inner components of the Ferrari power unit.

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The exhaust in Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF1000
The exhaust in Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF1000
13/27
In focus: A similar shot but this time we look at the exhaust solution, with Ferrari preferring to use a single wastegate pipe.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Alfa Romeo Racing C39
Alfa Romeo Racing C39
14/27
A look at some of the components packed into the bulkhead of the Alfa Romeo C39, as the team makes some adjustments.

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Mercedes F1 W11
Mercedes F1 W11
15/27
A nice shot of the Mercedes W11’s rear end packaging, note the strakes hung from the side of the rear wing endplate, the forwardmost of which seems to be inspired by the design introduced by Haas last season.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri AT01 steering wheel
Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri AT01 steering wheel
16/27
A look at the back of Pierre Gasly’s steering wheel and the options he prefers for his paddle shifters.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

AlphaTauri AT01
AlphaTauri AT01
17/27
A kiel probe rake mounted at the rear of the Alpha Tauri AT01 as the team investigates how the wake and turbulence created by the rear tyres impacts the aerodynamic surfaces around it.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Ferrari SF1000
Ferrari SF1000
18/27
An overview of the Ferrari’s SF1000’s front end, noting the design of the heave damper and the forward positioning of their steering assembly.

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Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43
Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43
19/27
A close-up view of the Williams FW43’s rear end packaging, including the diffuser, which you’ll note has a metal insert in the uppermost Gurney-like extension to help reduce any flexing that could occur.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Renault F1 Team R.S.20
Renault F1 Team R.S.20
20/27
We’re getting up close and personal with the Renault RS20’s bargeboards here, noting how we have an array of different surfaces, heights and geometries making up the overall bargeboard design.

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Red Bull Racing RB16 rear
Red Bull Racing RB16 rear
21/27
Red Bull monitor diffuser flexure with chequered stickers on the surfaces monitored by a camera mounted on the underside of the crash structure.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB16
Red Bull Racing RB16
22/27
As part of a new update package that the team is running today, the cape now features this hedgehog fin to help better guide the airflow rearwards.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB16 front wing
Red Bull Racing RB16 front wing
23/27
The team has mounted kiel probe rakes behind the front tyres as it evaluates the impact that the new front wing design has had on the airflow pattern.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB16
Red Bull Racing RB16
24/27
Red Bull also has an extensive update to the sidepod deflectors and bargeboards as it looks to improve flow around the car’s midriff.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull Racing RB16
Red Bull Racing RB16
25/27
Another view of those changes to the aerodynamic surfaces ahead and around the sidepods.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes AMG F1 W11 brake and front suspension
Mercedes AMG F1 W11 brake and front suspension
26/27
Photos are taken by the Mercedes mechanics as they collect information from the flo-viz paint that was applied to the front brake assembly.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes AMG F1 W11 brake and front suspension
Mercedes AMG F1 W11 brake and front suspension
27/27
This process was also undertaken on the right-hand side of the car, where we can note that a new outlet is also present in the face of the brake drum crossover.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

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