RACING

Last technical images of the Paul Ricard

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Mercedes W13 nose comparison

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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

As part of its upgrade package for the French Grand Prix, Mercedes has made changes to its nose, with an increase in the size of the driver’s cooling hole nasal passages.

Mercedes W13 brake drum detail

Mercedes W13 brake drum detail

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At the other end of the car, we are treated to a rare view of the rear of the rear brake duct, which, as you’ll notice, has fins mounted on the drum in order to help redirect the flow of air as it passes. .

Detail Mercedes W13

Detail Mercedes W13

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Beneath the DRS module, we are greeted by the sight of the actuator and mechanism used to lift the top flap when the DRS is deployed.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, side detail

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, side detail

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Ferrari’s new floor fitted to Charles Leclerc’s car which features a much lower outer portion for the tunnel entrance, and therefore a more defined ramp-like stall in the pontoon undercut.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, side detail

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, side detail

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Here it is from the other side, showing how much lower the outer part of the tunnel entrance is compared to the innermost section.

Ferrari F1-75 T flatbed shock absorber

Ferrari F1-75 T flatbed shock absorber

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Ferrari also used a shock absorber system as part of their mudflap setup so that the mudflap doesn’t wobble too much when vertical force is applied when the board hits the track.

Mercedes W13 rear detail

Mercedes W13 rear detail

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A wider view of the rear of the Mercedes W13 which was detached from the main frame as mechanics prepared the car for action. Note the wider rear wing the team recently introduced, with the swept-back outer section straightened where it meets the endplate, rather than creating a spiral arc.

McLaren MCL36 brake drum detail

McLaren MCL36 brake drum detail

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A look inside the McLaren MCL36 brake assembly, with its brake disc shroud and wrap-around caliper duct. Also note the shape of the ground and the fences in the background.

Aston Martin AMR22 rear detail

Aston Martin AMR22 rear detail

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Aston Martin’s rear wing features two central mounting pillars and an overturned leading edge on the mainplane.

Alpine A522 front detail

Alpine A522 front detail

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A look at the mud flap section on the Alpine A522 with a thick, scythe-shaped seat stay used to bridge the gap between it and the chassis.

AlphaTauri AT03 brake drum detail

AlphaTauri AT03 brake drum detail

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A look at the rear brake setup on the AlphaTauri without the outer drum in place. Note how it uses a disc shroud in the rear of the car, just like it does in the front.

Alpine A522 nose and front wing detail

Alpine A522 nose and front wing detail

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Alpine’s front wing, which you’ll notice, has an S-shaped dive plane mounted on the endplate, while the upper flap has been cut in the center section to help balance its wing picks back.

Alpine A522 rear detail

Alpine A522 rear detail

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At the other end of the car, Alpine now has an array of options when it comes to rear fenders, with the team once again opting for their latest installment.

Ferrari F1-75 front detail

Ferrari F1-75 front detail

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A preview of the front of the Ferrari F1-75 without the nose and vanity panel attached. This gives us a view of some of the interior suspension components.

Haas VF-22 front wing detail

Haas VF-22 front wing detail

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A preview of the new forward wing tip plate dive plane specification on the VF-22. Haas has had this spec up its sleeve since Silverstone but has yet to race. He will probably back-to-back the two variants again this weekend before choosing the most suitable option.

Haas VF-22 front wing detail

Haas VF-22 front wing detail

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For comparison, here’s the old spec dive plane, which looks more like a triangle.

Alpine A522 front brake

Alpine A522 front brake

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The Alpine A522 under construction reveals a few details, including its scythe-shaped mud flap which is usually hidden behind the bodywork. The two intakes on the bulkhead, which hug the channels in the nose, supply cool air to the driver, while the stickers which have been placed on the brake drum to monitor temperatures.

Red Bull Racing RB18 front view

Red Bull Racing RB18 front view

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A good photo of the Red Bull RB18 under construction, with the calipers unmounted, you can see the brake disc, which in the upper part is covered by the fairing which has been continuously optimized throughout the first half of the season .

Red Bull Racing RB18 brake drum detail

Red Bull Racing RB18 brake drum detail

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The RB18 brake assembly now with the caliper and part of the drum installed for comparison.

Alpine A522 steering wheel

Alpine A522 steering wheel

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The steering wheel of the Alpine A522 with the various buttons, dials and switches that help control the various functions of the power unit and the chassis.

Background Haas VF-22

Background Haas VF-22

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The board, as used by Haas, that you will notice has titanium glide blocks inserted around the holes used to measure flex and wear.

Haas VF-22 cooling

Haas VF-22 cooling

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The Haas VF-22 pontoon cooling gill panels opened wide to cope with the demands of the heat at Paul Ricard.

Haas VF-22 front brake detail

Haas VF-22 front brake detail

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A look at the front brake assembly on the Haas VF-22 with the brake drum unattached. Note the caliper surround which is fed in cool air from the main entrance scoop and also has a heat resistant coating to help manage temperatures even further.

Ferrari F1-75 nose detail

Ferrari F1-75 nose detail

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Ferrari with its noses awaiting construction outside the garage. Like many teams, he opted to have a vanity panel on the front part of the nose so that he could make changes to his design if he deemed it necessary without the need for repeated crash tests.

Ferrari F1-75 front wing

Ferrari F1-75 front wing

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Now, with the front fender attached to the F1-75, we can see where the vanity panel bridges the gap between the nose and the front fender.

Alfa Romeo C42 nose detail

Alfa Romeo C42 nose detail

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The front wing of the Alfa Romeo C42 with the upper flaps detached on one side shows how mobile the wing is.

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