Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis
Topic

Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Revealed: Renault’s key element of its triple F1 update package

Renault has brought a triple update package to Austria, with parts originally scheduled to arrive at races in Vietnam, the Netherlands and Spain now available for the first race of the season.

Revealed: Renault’s key element of its triple F1 update package

We can begin to pick apart each of these updates as they’re revealed to us, the first of which includes changes to the team's front wing…

Renault F1 Team front wing detail

Renault F1 Team front wing detail

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

As can be seen in the photo above, the new specification – which is the lower of the two wings – has had more attention paid to the outer section in order to encourage a different flow regime. The change to the shape of the footplate arc (red arrow), the additional fin at the rear of the footplate (blue arrow), the notch in the upper rear corner of the endplate (black arrow) and a change to the top flap's profile (white arrow), all indicate a desire to alter how much airflow the wing will push outboard.

Read Also:

There’s nothing particularly new or groundbreaking about any of these design cues, as we’ve seen them all elsewhere in one form or another on the various front wings up and down the grid. However, it does show that Renault is making a concerted effort to manage flow across and around the front tyre to make an impact on the wake turbulence that's created.

The upshot of this airflow manipulation is improved flow downstream, with the turbulent wake created by the tyre less likely to be ingested by the floor, increasing rear downforce too.

shares
comments

Related video

Vettel "surprised" by Ferrari exit decision, no deal offered
Previous article

Vettel "surprised" by Ferrari exit decision, no deal offered

Next article

Leclerc sure Ferrari will struggle more than in 2019

Leclerc sure Ferrari will struggle more than in 2019
Load comments
The six subplots to watch in 2022 as a new F1 era begins Prime

The six subplots to watch in 2022 as a new F1 era begins

As Formula 1 prepares to begin a new era of technical regulations in 2022, We pick out six other key elements to follow this season

Why newly-retired Kimi Raikkonen won't miss F1 Prime

Why newly-retired Kimi Raikkonen won't miss F1

After 349 grand prix starts, 46 fastest laps, 21 wins and one world championship, Kimi Raikkonen has finally called time on his F1 career. In an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com on the eve of his final race, he explains his loathing of paddock politics and reflects on how motorsport has changed over the past two decades.

Formula 1
Jan 23, 2022
Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shake-up Prime

Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shake-up

Formula 1 cars will look very different this year as the long-awaited fresh rules finally arrive with the stated aim of improving its quality of racing. We break down what the return of 'ground effect' aerodynamics - and a flurry of other changes besides - means for the teams, and what fans can expect

Formula 1
Jan 21, 2022
Why F1's new era is still dogged by its old world problems Prime

Why F1's new era is still dogged by its old world problems

OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway, but instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2022
The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Prime

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2022
The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Prime

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. James Newbold hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwart.

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022
When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Prime

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022
How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Prime

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Formula 1
Jan 10, 2022