Belgian GP: Latest F1 technical footage from the pitlane

Belgian GP: Latest F1 technical footage from the pitlane

Haas has trimmed the top flap of its rear wing for Spa-Francorchamps (above) as it looks to reduce some of the drag it generates and improve straight line speed.


Aston Martin AMR22 rear wing detail

Photograph by: Giorgio Piola

Aston Martin will use a scoop-shaped rear wing with lower downforce, a solution the team has used before at other high-speed venues. You will notice the two circular access panels that remain open on the side of the end plate and provide access to the screws, which attach the end plate to the main plane.


Rear detail of the Ferrari F1-75

Rear detail of the Ferrari F1-75

Photograph by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari also has a rear wing design that we’ve already seen this season as it becomes increasingly obvious that teams need to move away from designing and manufacturing bespoke and track-specific designs to achieve their goals cost limit.


AlphaTauri AT03 rear wing detail

AlphaTauri AT03 rear wing detail

Photograph by: Giorgio Piola

AlphaTauri’s rear wing offering does not include any trailing edge Gurney flaps, as the team prefers to take advantage of the drag reduction that removing it could offer.


Alfa Romeo C42 rear wing detail

Alfa Romeo C42 rear wing detail

Photograph by: Giorgio Piola

Alfa Romeo has also given up some of the downforce of its rear wing by trimming the trailing edge of the top flap. The Hinwil team had to be careful in doing this, in order to leave enough of the central part intact to give the DRS mechanism the space it needs to attach to the flap.


Detail of the Red Bull Racing RB18 rear wing

Detail of the Red Bull Racing RB18 rear spoiler

Photograph by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull may have lower downforce options available to test at the weekend, which may include removing the upper beam wing element, which it has already done at several circuits this season that require less downforce aerodynamics


Detail of the rear wing of the Mercedes W13

Detail of the rear wing of the Mercedes W13

Photograph by: Giorgio Piola

In this image of the rear wing of the W13 we can see the basic layout of the upper trim of the end plate and another body section that overlaps the existing surface. This modular solution helps with the exercise of building parts cost limit as multiple designs can be deployed with the same end plate.


Detail of the rear wing of the McLaren MC36

Detail of the rear wing of the McLaren MC36

Photograph by: Giorgio Piola

McLaren has also opted to trim the upper flap of the MCL36’s rear spoiler but, like Alfa Romeo, has opted to leave a section in the center intact so it can deploy its usual DRS mechanism.


Rear detail of the Alpine A522

Rear detail of the Alpine A522

Alpine’s low downforce offering is one we’ve seen before. The team ran this extreme wing in Baku, surpassing the race speed at 332 km/h with Fernando Alonso.


Alpine A522 brake drum detail

Alpine A522 brake drum detail

As the A522 is ready, we can spot some of the internal details of its front brake assembly, with the team opting to mount the caliper at the front and use teardrop-shaped dropouts in line with the disc to help manage temperature exchange.


Alpine A522 brake drum detail

Alpine A522 brake drum detail

We can also see how the team is dealing with heat management under the brake drum at the back of the car.


Alpine A522 detail

Alpine A522 detail

As an Alpine mechanic works on the front end of one of the A522s, we not only get a glimpse of some of the internal suspension elements, but also the bib wing introduced earlier in the season.


AlphaTauri AT03 detail

AlphaTauri AT03 detail

AlphaTauri continues to make changes to the AT03 ground edge wing and ground edge as well. Note the U-shaped mount used to bridge the gap between the two and the rolled edge up from the floor, which is then cut into a tapered shape towards the rear tire.


AlphaTauri AT03 detail

AlphaTauri AT03 detail

A close-up of the three-piece mirror stems that have been on the A03 since its inception. They are used to help improve airflow conditions on the top shoulder of the sidepod.


Alfa Romeo Racing C42 detail

Alfa Romeo Racing C42 detail

A great overview of the Alfa Romeo C42 shock structure, a gearbox mount, rear suspension and rear brake duct layout.


Alfa Romeo Racing C42 brake drum detail

Alfa Romeo Racing C42 brake drum detail

Alfa Romeo, like many other teams on the grid, is deploying an internalized cover inside the main brake drum this year to help manage temperatures and airflow passage.


AlphaTauri AT03 brake drum detail

AlphaTauri AT03 brake drum detail

By comparison, AlphaTauri also includes its brake disc with a fairing, but does so in a completely different way in order to accommodate other cooling pipes like the caliper at the bottom of the assembly.


Haas VF-22 brake drum detail

Haas VF-22 brake drum detail

Haas favors a more traditional approach with the disc left exposed inside the larger brake drum cavity.


McLaren MCL36 brake drum detail

McLaren MCL36 brake drum detail

McLaren, meanwhile, also includes the brake disc with its own casing. In particular, the team has externalized the pipe that supplies fresh air to the caliper, which is located at the back of the assembly.


Red Bull Racing RB18 brake drum detail

Red Bull Racing RB18 brake drum detail

Red Bull’s disc cover looks much more streamlined than some of its counterparts, with the team willing to optimize flow management and control temperatures in a very specific way. You’ll also notice that the cape and grip have been coated to help even more.


Detail of the McLaren MCL36

Detail of the McLaren MCL36

A close-up of the flared floor section of the floor edge wing of the McLaren MCL36.


Rear detail of the McLaren MCL36

Rear detail of the McLaren MCL36

The rear wing section of the McLaren MCL36 has four U-shaped metal mounting brackets to secure it to the main body on the ground.


Ferrari F1-75 detail

Ferrari F1-75 detail

The Ferrari F1-75 with its toilet cover removed gives us a glimpse of some of the interior suspension elements.


Mercedes W13 rear detail

Mercedes W13 rear detail

The Mercedes W13 rear wing assembly, now with the top corner of the end plate installed, which as you’ll notice is a full section, rather than having a cutout and is a similar solution to what Alpine has already used this season


Detail of the McLaren MCL36

Detail of the McLaren MCL36

A close-up of the cooling gills sunk into the sides of the McLaren MCL36 that wrap around the engine cover.


Alpine A522 detail

Alpine A522 detail

The Alpine A522 sidepods, which include a trough to help manage the passage of downstream airflow. Also consider using a cooling panel with only four cooling outlets, as the team looks to find an acceptable compromise for cooling and the drag involved.


Rear detail of the Alpine A522

Rear detail of the Alpine A522

Lots of details to learn about the rear of the Alpine A522 in this image, including the low downforce wing being deployed, the stacked wing arrangement and the small rear cooling outlet. They are complemented by the outlet in the spine of the engine cover and the gills next to the sides.


Detail of the Red Bull Racing RB18

Detail of the Red Bull Racing RB18

The floor of the Red Bull RB18 waits under the chassis to be assembled. Note the depressions on the top surface of the diffuser that give rise to the suspension travel.

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