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McLaren MCL36 Front Brakes

Photography: Giorgio Piola

After McLaren struggled throughout pre-season testing with his front brakes, McLaren made a modified setting for the first race. The metal brake disc cover replaces the carbon fiber used during testing, and some extra spares have been added to the intake to prevent larger pieces of debris being collected by it.


McLaren MCL36 front suspension

McLaren MCL36 front suspension

Photography: Giorgio Piola

Another view of the McLaren MCL36’s front brake duct assembly, this time with the tubing in place that funnels cool air from the intake to the caliper.


Red Bull Racing RB18 front suspension

Red Bull Racing RB18 front suspension

Photography: Giorgio Piola

Red Bull has a very similar solution to McLaren regarding the disc brake cover, although this version is of a different material and is clearly machined instead to infer the performance it requires.


Alpine side A522

Alpine side A522

Photography: Giorgio Piola

Alpine has a new side-frame for the first race of the season, with the team building on the sloping rear section by adding a raised shoulder to help direct airflow to the rear of the car.


Mercedes W13 engine

Mercedes W13 engine

Photography: Giorgio Piola

A look at the Mercedes W13 without side body and floor reveals the lower side shock body, triangular intake and radiator tuned back into the chassis bore. Note how small the entrance looks from track shots, yet is similar in size to last year’s, albeit a 45-degree turn. Although the entrance is the same in size, the radiators are much smaller.


Ferrari SF21 details

Ferrari SF21 details

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A peek under the hoods of the Ferrari F1-75 shows us some of the electronics inside the sidewall and how the radiators and the surrounding chassis are fitted to effect through the flow.


Red Bull Racing RB16B game details

Red Bull Racing RB16B game details

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Red Bull rear spoiler, centrally-mounted single strut shaft and DRS engine body. Note the white dots on the wing that the FIA ​​uses to monitor the flexion from the rear camera on the board.


Mercedes W12 details

Mercedes W12 details

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Close-up of the Mercedes W13’s power unit installation, including exhaust, gearbox transmission and rear suspension.


Red Bull Racing RB16B game details

Red Bull Racing RB16B game details

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Underneath the Red Bull RB18’s chassis we can see how the team moved quite a bit of electronics to the car’s centerline to enable the sidepod solution. Note also the pulsar element between the chassis and the apron, with the Belleville spring arrangement used to handle the piping’s interactions with the track surface in a more advanced manner.


Ferrari SF21 rear detail

Ferrari SF21 rear detail

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Ferrari has a unique approach to the exhaust and tailgate arrangement, in which the exhaust port runs externally to the point where it should merge with the exhaust, rather than joining early as other teams and manufacturers seem to have dealt with the change.


Mercedes W12 details

Mercedes W12 details

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Take a look at the rear brake assembly on the Mercedes W13, where you can see the calipers located inside the lower air duct.


Ferrari SF21 Skateboard Details

Ferrari SF21 Skateboard Details

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Ferrari’s L-shaped rim wing, which is very similar to the McLaren version, allows the team to split the floor into several different elements.


Red Bull Racing RB16B game details

Red Bull Racing RB16B game details

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A look inside the side legs of the Red Bull RB18 reveals how the team installed the radiators inside, both side structures on display, with the top mounted inside the sidewall and the bottom inside the floor.


Ferrari F1-75 rear

Ferrari F1-75 rear

Photography: Giorgio Piola

Rear end shot of a Ferrari F1-75 running down slopes in the FIA ​​Inspection Bay.


Red Bull Racing RB18 تفاصيل Details

Red Bull Racing RB18 تفاصيل Details

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A look at the entrance to the front brake duct on the Red Bull RB18, which is square on the bottom but has a larger shape on the top section.


Red Bull Racing RB18 تفاصيل Details

Red Bull Racing RB18 تفاصيل Details

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Red Bull has also enclosed disc brakes in a fairing at the rear of the car. This image also allows us to see the ropes that hold the shaft in place in the event of an accident.


McLaren MCL36 front brake comparison

McLaren MCL36 front brake comparison

Photography: Giorgio Piola

Comparison of brake fluidity that McLaren used in pre-season testing and what was installed in preparation for the race weekend.


Publisher details Red Bull Racing RB18

Publisher details Red Bull Racing RB18

Photography: Giorgio Piola

Lots of details to consider as the Red Bull RB18 awaits its hatch upon inspection, from the saddle-like radiator that juts out the hood cooling outlet, to the stacked beam wing solution, diffuser surround and hatch in the lower rear angle duct wing.


Red Bull Racing RB18 side

Red Bull Racing RB18 side

Photography: Giorgio Piola

An overview of the latest Red Bull side pack presented on the last day of second pre-season testing.


Red Bull Racing RB18 rear detail

Red Bull Racing RB18 rear detail

Photography: Giorgio Piola

An interesting side view of the saddle-like RB18 cooler configuration over the power unit, while the rear wing strut that wraps around the exhaust is also exposed, because the carbon fiber shroud is not in place. This is not a solid piece of metal, but rather a mesh-like structure designed to carry loads but also to save weight.


Aston Martin AMR22 Front Brake Details

Aston Martin AMR22 Front Brake Details

Photography: Giorgio Piola

The front-mounted caliper on the Aston Martin AMR22 is exposed during the build phase.


Alpine A522 front brakes and suspension details

Alpine A522 front brakes and suspension details

Photography: Giorgio Piola

This photo, compared to the previous one, shows the difference in styling between the teams, with Alpine opting for a narrow but tall inlet, while Aston Martin favors a short but wide inlet. However, where there is agreement between these two teams is the placement of the caliper, with it clamping to the front of the assembly, something we haven’t seen in several years.


Ferrari F1-75 Front Brake Details

Ferrari F1-75 Front Brake Details

Photography: Giorgio Piola

By contrast, Ferrari has its own calipers at the 4-5 o’clock position with pipe ducts across the top of the assembly.


Ferrari F1-75 T-Tray Details

Ferrari F1-75 T-Tray Details

Photography: Giorgio Piola

Taking a closer look at the same image, only this time our focus is on the spring element Ferrari uses between the chassis and the apron.


Ferrari F1-75 rear wing detail

Ferrari F1-75 rear wing detail

Photo by: Mark Sutton/Motorsport Pictures

Close-up of the Ferrari F1-75 rear wing, complete with swan short shaft solution, DRS trigger design and pod.


Ferrari F1-75 nose detail

Ferrari F1-75 nose detail

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Close-up of the Ferrari F1-75’s front wing and nose with not only the elongated nose tip converging with the main jet but also the NACA duct that supplies cool air to the cockpit.


McLaren MCL36 front suspension details

McLaren MCL36 front suspension details

Photography: Giorgio Piola

McLaren mechanics prepare the MCL36 for business this weekend; The mechanic up front does some work on the steering assembly.

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