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Formula 1 technology updates Germany, Hungary, test drives

Technology updates Germany, Hungary, test drives
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F errari lost the last two races. Mercedes took advantage of the mistake and took the lead in both world championship rankings. Yet there is concern in Brackley and Brixworth. Mercedes is still driving the wondrous horsepower addition of the Ferrari V6. But just pushing Ferrari's leap in performance to the engine would not reveal the whole truth.

The technical office in Maranello is gradually upgrading the aerodynamics. In Montreal with new baffles. In Paul Ricard with a new front wing. In Silverstone with a new underbody. These changes were all visible. But Ferrari has also made improvements in the invisible area. It is said that the Italians have improved the airflow below the body. This promotes aerodynamic effectiveness.

And you hear that the SF71H has been wearing new suspensions since the German GP. On the front axle or on the rear axle? To be honest, we don't really know either. But we can interpret. In both Germany and Hungary, the mechanics on the starting grid rearranged the rear area. Ferrari probably wants to hide something.

Clean with a large cooling package

Mercedes does not stand still either. But Ferrari has caught up with the chassis. At Hockenheim, Mercedes changed the small wing on the edge of the cockpit and the underbody behind the bareboards. The Silver Arrow remained unchanged for the last race before the summer break. During the test drives after the Hungarian GP, ​​the front wing of the W09 was adorned with an additional vertical flow straightener. Ferrari also appeared there with a front wing that had been modified at the end plates. Red Bull showed up at Hockenheim with a new underbody. And after the Hungarian GP tested a new front wing without cascades. That can be a test for the high-speed tracks Spa and Monza. Or a forerunner for 2019.

Then the rules ensure that the front wings are significantly simplified. Force India and Williams rolled around the course with the first test vehicles during the test drives in Hungary. To compare the flow course between wind tunnel, simulation and reality. And to determine the further development.

Williams had already introduced a new 2018 front wing in Hockenheim. Renault too. The French factory racing team did not achieve the results they had hoped for. So they improved again for Hungary. Big steps in midfield make clean. The policy ofconstant, but small updates take effect. In Germany, Sauber presented a new cooling package.

'Otherwise we would have run into problems with the thin mountain air in the heat races in Germany and Hungary, as well as in Mexico,' said the Swiss team. The new cooling system even makes the Sauber a little too cold, they joke in the team. Sauber started with the basic studies after the race in Azerbaijan. The package celebrated its racing premiere in Hockenheim.

The cooling inlets in the side pods start a few centimeters further ahead. This improves the airflow to the coolers. The changes under the cladding cause a better flow. And the hot air flows away better. The rear fairing can therefore be tightened neatly. This increases the aerodynamic contact pressure.

In the gallery we show you the most important developments from the last two races as well as the test drives in Budapest before the summer break.


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