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Latest F1 technical developments from the pit lane

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Flooring Red Bull Racing RB18

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Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull has added an external metal support to help reduce floor flex on the RB18 for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.


Flooring Red Bull Racing RB18

Flooring Red Bull Racing RB18

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

For comparison, here’s a photo of the RB18 without the metal bracket in place.


Ferrari F1-75 mirror

Ferrari F1-75 mirror

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari has a new exterior mirror mount for Baku, with a vertical inner section that takes on the shape of a vortex generator when the horizontal section moves away from it (old spec, inset).


Alpine A522 rear wing

Alpine A522 rear wing

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Alpine has extremely low downforce and therefore a low drag rear wing available for Baku


Alpine A522 side detail

Alpine A522 side detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The team also made quite a significant change to the sidepods, as the entrance to the A522 has been brought forward and now features a more boxy shape which creates and creates a much deeper undercut as a result.


Mercedes W13 SIS fairing bracket

Mercedes W13 SIS fairing bracket

Mercedes appears to have fixed a vertical stay on the outer part of the SIS upper fairing, but it’s unclear at this stage how it would line up with the pre-existing sidepod bodywork, suggesting there could be a change here too. .


Mercedes W13 front fender detail

Mercedes W13 front fender detail

Mercedes still wears a variation of its old front fender endplate design, suggesting it could still feature.


Mercedes W13 rear wing

Mercedes W13 rear wing

It also appears to be using the same low downforce rear wing spec that was fitted to the W13 at the Miami Grand Prix.


Red Bull Racing RB18 engine

Red Bull Racing RB18 engine

A look under the covers of the Red Bull RB18 reveals the airbox piping layout and the mounting of a cooler in the saddle position above.


Aston Martin AMR 22 rear wing

Aston Martin AMR 22 rear wing

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The Aston Martin AMR22 features the low-downforce spoon-shaped rear wing that we’ve already seen the team use this season.


Red Bull Racing RB18 front wing end plate

Red Bull Racing RB18 front wing end plate

A close up of the front fender endplate and S-shaped dive plane on the Red Bull RB18.


Flooring Red Bull Racing RB18

Flooring Red Bull Racing RB18

A look at the contour of the front upper floor, the paired exterior strakes and the protruding lower lip of the pontoon entrance on the RB18.


Flooring Red Bull Racing RB18

Flooring Red Bull Racing RB18

A close-up of the floor of the RB18 showing the detail on its edge and the large blister that has formed inside it.


Red Bull Racing RB18 Cockpit

Red Bull Racing RB18 Cockpit

A close up of the RB18’s mirror housing, which is made up of multiple surfaces to reduce the impact it would otherwise have on passing airflow.


Red Bull Racing RB18 rear wing

Red Bull Racing RB18 rear wing

Red Bull will likely test several rear wing specs during free practice, as it has done for several years now. Here’s what he dressed the car as it was pushed through scrutineering.


Red Bull Racing RB18 Airbox

Red Bull Racing RB18 Airbox

The RB18’s arched cooling vent panel currently only has the rear section open, with the team able to reduce the length of the blanking panel if more cooling is desired.


Red Bull Racing RB18 Nose

Red Bull Racing RB18 Nose

A peek into the nose of the RB18 as the team practices pit stop procedures. You’ll notice the large cutouts in the lower half that allow the nose to fit around the steering arms that sit in front of the chassis bulkhead.


Red Bull Racing RB18 Nose

Red Bull Racing RB18 Nose

Red Bull mechanics push an RB18 into the pit lane with a dummy nose in place so the front wing isn’t damaged.


Ferrari F1-75 rear wing

Ferrari F1-75 rear wing

Ferrari has installed one of its spoon-shaped rear wings on the F1-75 and will also be keen to find the right performance offset for the high and low speed sections provided by the Baku street circuit.


Ferrari F1-75 front brake

Ferrari F1-75 front brake

As the car is prepped we get a nice view of the brake assembly while the brake drum is unattached. Note the various pipes that supply cool air to and from the brake components.


McLaren MCL36 front brake

McLaren MCL36 front brake

Likewise, we can see how McLaren’s front brake layout compares to the Ferrari, as it opted to encase the brake disc in its own shroud.


McLaren MCL36 front brake

McLaren MCL36 front brake

A shot of the other side of the brake assembly gives us an indication of the size of the intake scoop. Meanwhile, we can see the leaf spring shaped bib hanging below the MCL36 chassis.

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