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Technically Formula 1 - Spanish Grand Prix

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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.

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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!


Mercedes W08

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The snowplow: what you all came here to see...

Mercedes has also made their nose skinnier, hence the jut sideways just before the chassis bulkhead; as a result there is now more space between the camera pods and the nose giving Mercedes the opportunity to mount them on those skinny stalks.

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“The so-called ‘super ted cape’nose vane #F1" @ScarbsTech
“The so-called ‘super ted cape’nose vane #F1" @ScarbsTech

The snowplow’s intention is not to create downforce on its own, rather to set up the airflow just as the turning vanes did beforehand. Craig Scarborough points out that we’ve seen the concept before.

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“Merc’s front suspension mount even gets a little winglet!” @ScarbsTech
“Merc’s front suspension mount even gets a little winglet!” @ScarbsTech

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“Rear view of the new ‘super ted’ nose and W vane on the Merc #F1" @ScarbsTech
“Rear view of the new ‘super ted’ nose and W vane on the Merc #F1" @ScarbsTech
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“También nuevos bargeboards en Mercedes” @AlbertFabrega
“También nuevos bargeboards en Mercedes” @AlbertFabrega
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Interesting new vertical stalks rising from the inboard section of the bargeboard.

“Monkey seat and exhausts, socket tool sticking out of crash structure #F1" @ScarbsTech
“Monkey seat and exhausts, socket tool sticking out of crash structure #F1" @ScarbsTech
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“Merc’s new floor edge treatment in Spain #F1" @ScarbsTech
“Merc’s new floor edge treatment in Spain #F1" @ScarbsTech
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“Hard worked diffuser trailing edge, Merc #F1" @ScarbsTech
“Hard worked diffuser trailing edge, Merc #F1" @ScarbsTech
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Ferrari SF70H

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New bargeboards on the Ferrari.

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New 4-element T-wing.


Red Bull RB13

“New RBR bargeboard” @ScarbsTech
“New RBR bargeboard” @ScarbsTech
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Red Bull, and most other works teams, copying the Mercedes bargeboards first seen last year in their own image.


Williams FW40

“Williams floor edge detail #F1" @ScarbsTech
“Williams floor edge detail #F1" @ScarbsTech
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Williams also testing a new T-wing in Barcelona that is more traditional to the rest of the grid; trying to find a good picture to post...


Toro Rosso STR12

“Little finlets on the STR” @ScarbsTech
“Little finlets on the STR” @ScarbsTech
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Similar treatment has been added to the Toro Rosso that we’ve seen on the Ferrari chassis to pull the clean air back down and into the sidepod inlets.

“T wing for Toro Rosso” @ScarbsTech
“T wing for Toro Rosso” @ScarbsTech
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Interesting T-wing concept with visible support structure in the shark fin.

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You can see here the centerline rear wing support stabbed into the exhaust outlet and wrapped in gold heat shielding.


Haas VF17

“Tomorrow both Haas cars will run the new floor tested by KM today. The extra floor is leaving Dallara in italy now.” @ScarbsTech
“Tomorrow both Haas cars will run the new floor tested by KM today. The extra floor is leaving Dallara in italy now.” @ScarbsTech
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McLaren MCL32

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McLaren steering wheel; a very simple design compared with other cars, but I think that’s probably a better ethos.

“Mclaren turning vane package includes inlets that feed up under the tub to cool the driver” @ScarbsTech
“Mclaren turning vane package includes inlets that feed up under the tub to cool the driver” @ScarbsTech
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“Tyre temperature sensors inside #F1" @ScarbsTech
“Tyre temperature sensors inside #F1" @ScarbsTech
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“Macs bargeboards  #F1" @ScarbsTech
“Macs bargeboards #F1" @ScarbsTech
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New Mercedes-esque bargeboards in Barcelona.

“No slots in the Mac floor edge, but there is this device in front of the tyre #F1" @ScarbsTech
“No slots in the Mac floor edge, but there is this device in front of the tyre #F1" @ScarbsTech
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“McLaren’s vaned rear wing endplates #F1" @ScarbsTech
“McLaren’s vaned rear wing endplates #F1" @ScarbsTech
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Sauber C36

“Sauber shark fin, T wing and new driver ID” @ScarbsTech
“Sauber shark fin, T wing and new driver ID” @ScarbsTech
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