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Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis
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Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Belgian GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

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Belgian GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane
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Co-author: Matthew Somerfield
Aug 29, 2019, 9:20 PM

As F1 returns from its summer break, Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Spa-Francorchamps pitlane at the Belgian Grand Prix, giving insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams in pursuit of more performance.

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Ferrari SF90 front wing detail

 Ferrari SF90 front wing detail
1/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari has looked at trimming some downforce for the Belgian GP with the uppermost front wing flap sporting a shorter chord (lower wing shown here).

Ferrari SF90 rear detail

Ferrari SF90 rear detail
2/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari also has made changes at the rear of the car as it rolled out the SF90 for scrutineering with a low-downforce rear wing. It may only turn out to be a test item ahead of the Italian GP but it’s certainly worth noting nonetheless.

Racing Point RP19, front

Racing Point RP19, front
3/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Racing Point unveiled the largest update part on Thursday when it wheeled out a new nose. The design is reminiscent of the one used by Ferrari – and previously by McLaren – with a long set of wing pillars used to control the airflow passing by, which is aided by the three slots in their surface.

Red Bull Racing RB15 rear detail

Red Bull Racing RB15 rear detail
4/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull also has a lower downforce rear wing available for the Belgian GP with the team looking to mitigate any differences in power unit performance against its closest rivals.

Ferrari SF90 cockpit detail

Ferrari SF90 cockpit detail
5/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The view into Sebastian Vettel’s cockpit and a look at the various buttons, rotaries and paddles that he must utilize to control the various power unit functions.

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 rear wing detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 rear wing detail
6/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Mercedes’ latest specification rear wing, complete with the sawtooth endplate cutouts, used to alter the tip vortex and with it the downforce and drag that’s created.

Renault F1 Team R.S.19 floor detail

Renault F1 Team R.S.19 floor detail
7/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The Renault team left the floor adrift while working on the car, affording us a great view of the details ordinarily obscured by other parts of the car. Check out the various slots in the arrowhead shaped splitter section and the four strakes on the leading edge of the upturned floor.

Racing Point RP19 front brake detail

Racing Point RP19 front brake detail
8/23

Photo by: Erik Junius

The Racing Point RP19’s front brake assembly has some gold reflective surfaces in order that heat generated by the brakes doesn’t impact the airflow passing through the wheel rim for aerodynamic purposes.

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 rear detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 rear detail
9/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A close-up of the Mercedes W10’s rear end and, more specifically, the exhaust layout reveals numerous details, including the tortuous route the wastegate pipework must take to go over the suspensions upper wishbone. Also note the black pipe that exits just inside of the right-hand wastegate pipe, this dispatches oil vapour created by the power unit.

Red Bull Racing RB15 mirror detail

Red Bull Racing RB15 mirror detail
10/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A close up of the Red Bull RB15’s wing mirrors, which have been split up into multiple surfaces in order that they have less of an aerodynamic impact.

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 front brake detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 front brake detail
11/23

Photo by: Erik Junius

The Mercedes W10’s front brake duct assembly features a crossover pipe (the silver one) that takes airflow collected by the outlet and sends it out the wheel face, altering the turbulence created by the front tyre/wheel.

Haas F1 Team VF-19 rear wing detail

Haas F1 Team VF-19 rear wing detail
12/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Haas continues to evaluate the latest specification rear wing design, which features three sinuous strakes rather than the usual vertical arrangements used elsewhere. It’s also worth noting that the team are running a fairly substantially sized rear wing compared to the other teams too.

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 of Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 of Lewis Hamilton
13/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This look at the Mercedes W10 doesn’t reveal any massively new features, but it’s worth noting the use of the lower fins on the brake duct fence, the under-nose cape that it pioneered and has since been adopted by most of the grid, and the horn-style winglets on the vanity panel that have also been widely embraced.

Racing Point RP19 front detail

Racing Point RP19 front detail
14/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Racing Point’s vanity panel which has been recently furnished with these horn-style appendages, much like we’ve seen Mercedes run since the start of the season.

Renault F1 Team R.S.19 front brake detail

Renault F1 Team R.S.19 front brake detail
15/23

Photo by: Erik Junius

A close-up of Renault’s front brake assembly without the brake drum attached. This allows us to see how the airflow is transported from the inlet to the various parts of the brakes and how it’s also used to direct airflow out through the wheel rim.

Red Bull Racing steering wheel

Red Bull Racing steering wheel
16/23

Photo by: Erik Junius

The back of Alex Albon’s steering wheel showing how the freshly promoted Red Bull driver prefers his clutch and gear change paddles to be mounted.

Red Bull Racing RB15, front wing detail

Red Bull Racing RB15, front wing detail
17/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

It would appear that Red Bull will utilise the nose without an inlet in the tip for the Belgian GP, as previously seen in Monaco.

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 rear detail

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 rear detail
18/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This photo of the Mercedes W10 shows just how tightly packed the power unit and rear end are.

Racing Point RP19 rear detail

Racing Point RP19 rear detail
19/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

This shot of the Racing Point RP19 is fantastic for those of us that like to see under the covers of these cars, with all the inner workings of the car and power unit on full display. We can also see how Racing Point followed Ferrari’s lead, lowering the side impact spar and giving a clearer line of sight for the airflows path toward the sidepod cooling inlet.

Renault F1 Team R.S.19 rear wing detail

Renault F1 Team R.S.19 rear wing detail
20/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The relatively simple rear wing being used by Renault this weekend features a top flap and mainplane that occupies much less space than is allowed, indicating a desire to reduce drag for the long straights around Spa.

Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso STR14, rear wing detail

Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso STR14, rear wing detail
21/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Toro Rosso with another simplistic low-downforce rear wing approach for Spa. However, note the pinched leading edge on the endplates, a design which it has sported for some time but will be a big help this weekend, as it looks to shed drag.

Ferrari SF90 front detail

Ferrari SF90 front detail
22/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Without the nose and vanity panel in place we’re afforded a good look at the Ferrari SF90’s front suspension arrangement.

Red Bull Racing RB15 rear wheel detail

Red Bull Racing RB15 rear wheel detail
23/23

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A look at the Red Bull RB15’s rear brake assembly in a state of undress, which shows how the team has heat protective material housed within in order that the cooling airflow passing through isn’t just immediately heated by the work done by the brakes.

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Author Giorgio Piola