Technically Formula 1 - German Grand Prix

Technical innovation is what makes Formula 1 so different from any other form of racing. The on track action is as much played out by the engineers and aerodynamicists as it is the drivers. We are here to admire, study, and discuss this beauty that exists on the ragged edge of what we think is possible, or at least what we thought was possible.

No FRIC (Front and Rear Interconnected) suspensions this weekend as it has been banned mid-season!

For more technical intrigue, be sure to check out this year's previous in-season tests and Grand Prix.

This post will be updated as the weekend progresses. Discussions and questions are welcomed and encouraged in the comments section below.

German Grand Prix


Red Bull RB10

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RB10 front wing endplate detail.

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RB10 front wing detail.

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RB10 front wing detail.

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RB10 turing vane detail.

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Red Bull sporting a new rear wing mount on the centerline that attaches on the top of the wing to give less interference with the airflow on the underside.

Also note the use of 2 monkey seats, above and below the exhaust outlet.

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Here's the old wing.


Mercedes W05

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Mercedes front wing detail.

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W05 front bulkhead detail.

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Mercedes gearbox detail.

Technically Formula 1 - German Grand Prix

Mercedes look to run their 2nd monkey seat iteration, not displaying their tiny monkey seat seen at the Silverstone test, though I think we may see that one at Monza.

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W05 rear end detail.


Ferrari F14T

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The Ferrari F14T with 2 slots in the front wing mainplane.

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The F14T with 3 slots in the front wing mainplane. Ferrari have brought both (this 3-slot version and the above 2-slot version) to Hockenheim.

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Ferrari running their new front brake assembly first seen at Silverstone. Read more about the difference on SomersF1.

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F14T front bulkhead detail.

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F14T power unit detail.


Lotus E22

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Lotus E22 front wing detail.

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Lotus's unique setup with a precariously angled radiator and water-cooled intercooler underneath. Also note the heat shielding surrounding the exhaust from the rest of the engine compartment.

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Lotus rear wing detail. Note the slots in the endplate to scoop air from the top of the rear wing section.


McLaren MP4-29

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McLaren front wing detail.

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Looks like the boys in Woking are keeping on with the single Wishbone Wing setup.

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Crazy new rear wing from the boffins at McLaren! Note the tooth-like trailing edge of the bottom rear wing element.


Force India VJM07

Technically Formula 1 - German Grand Prix

Force India are running a new "shark fin" engine cover in Hockenheim, tested at the Silverstone in-season test, that brings most of the ductwork forward. It is referred to as a "shark fin" because regulation dictates bodywork in the area following the airbox inlet (preceding the rear wing) downwards at an angle even though the teams don't want any there, so all that is left is a single plane of carbon fiber to fill the regulations.

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Force India continuing to use their newer front wings.

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VJM07 front wing detail.

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Overhead view of the Force India front wing. Note how the front wing's job has turned to transferring even more air around the front tire now that the front wing width wing has shrunk.

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VJM07 crash structure.

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VJM07 rear wing detail.


Sauber C33

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C33 front bulkhead detail.

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Sauber front brake assembly detail.

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Sauber rear wing detail.


Toro Rosso STR9

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STR9 nose detail.

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Note the simplicity of the STR9's front wing compared to the grown-up Red Bull.

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STR9 front brake detail.

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Toro rosso rear wing detail.


Williams FW36

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This will be Susie Wolff's second time taking place in an F1 practice session; let's hope it goes better for her and the team than last time.

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Williams' front wings.

Technically Formula 1 - German Grand Prix

FW36 front wing detail.

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Williams front brake detail.

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Williams front brake detail.

Technically Formula 1 - German Grand Prix

It's interesting oh how simple the FW36 is aero-wise, how similar the design is to last year's FW35, and how well the team is doing in the championship.

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Williams FW36 rear end detail.

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Williams sidepod detail.

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Marussia MR03

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Marussia bodywork.

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Marussia's Ferrari power unit detail.


Caterham CT05

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Caterham CT05 bodywork and seat.


images via Auto Motor und Sport & Sutton Images (via @SomersF1)