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.
Discussions and questions are welcomed and encouraged in the comments section below. I try not to repeat thing’s I’ve pointed out previously, but if you’d like to discuss something then go for it!
I haven’t noticed the cuts in the W08's curvy strake before...
Mercedes more subtle version of their combine harvester compared with the previous year’s W07.
W08 bargeboard detail.
W08 bargeboard detail.
Exposed DRS actuator and 3-element T-wing.
Mercedes running without wastegates in the Bahrain in-season test; wether those two rings count per the regulations, I do not know...
Also looks like they’ve implemented a centerline rear wing support that passes through the exhaust outlet.
New front wing on the Ferrari with the mainplane split in two, now 6 elements total.
A thanks should be given to the lower nose regulations and vanity covers for raising the font suspension damper element above the chassis so the engineers don’t have to squeeze their hands through those carbon cutouts anymore.
Everybody’s on the hydraulic heave damper train (save for Red Bull).
Larger cooling outlets for the Bahrain heat.
Note the simple wing after the air channeled by the bargeboards reaches the outside of the chassis.
heat-reflective gold coating on the SF70H’s centerline rear wing supports.
Watch the Ferrari’s floor as the next few races pass. There’s some trickery going on, but I haven’t heard exactly what they’re doing; perhaps flexing.
Anyways, this is quite an interesting shot. Note the (tiny) upright strake of carbon on the trailing edge of the floor preceding the tire, the curvaceous winglet at the bottom of the brake duct, and vented winglet at the top of the brake duct with accompanying gurney flap.
Ready to go!
Angled pitot tubes to correctly measure the airflow in the direction it’s approaching the array (if their data is correct...).
New 10-element slotted bargeboards on the Force India.
...and 12-element slotted turning vanes. I’m just translating Albert’s tweet, aren’t I?
The right side obviously feeds the radiator that you can see, while the left channel of the sidepod inlet may goes to cool something else; remember Force India shares the Mercedes three-openings airbox inlet concept, as they share the same engine, so they don’t utilize their sidepods for cooling anything in a similar fashion to the Ferrari, which is ducted like crazy.
Tiny cuts in the front wing’s Y250 section. This shot also shows the upper wishbone’s arm attachment to the front wheel uprights, and idea Toro Rosso shares with Mercedes.
You can see here the exhaust flow conditioner that is also the centerline rear wing support inside the exhaust pipe.
Coat hanger T-wing.
Some horizontal strakes underneath the McLaren chassis that look awfully like the Mercedes International Harvester.
Setting up some front wing aero correlation tests on the Renault.
Renault testing a blown front axle during the Bahrain in-season test.
Sauber joining the gang of cars with winglets attached to the side of the chassis to guide the clean air flowing over the front suspension down into the sidepod inlets.
Downwards-guiding array of winglets on the C36's bargeboard.