Technical innovations presented at Silverstone

Technical innovations presented at Silverstone

Most teams have some kind of technical innovation prepared for the British phase of the championship, mainly due to the characteristics of the Silverstone circuit, but in some cases this is the next planned phase of the car modernisation process.

Red Bull Racing

The championship-winning team limited itself to modernising the underside of the RB20. Firstly, the upper surface of the underside of the front fascia has been “slightly reprofiled” on the cars of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, which is done to increase the energy level of the airflow.

Secondly, the geometry of the front bottom edges has been slightly modified, which will improve the efficiency of this part of the aerodynamic body kit.

Mercedes

The list of improvements that Mercedes presents is more extensive.

The W15 has a modified geometry of the front wing’s adjustable surface, which has been done to reduce aerodynamic loads. According to the team, this provides optimum balance when a lower downforce rear wing is used at Silverstone.

Accordingly, the flat profile of the DRS system on the rear wing has been modified, also designed for a lower drag level and lower downforce.

The geometry of the front brake air ducts has also been modified, with their inlet and exhaust openings reduced in size – taking into account the characteristics of the Silverstone circuit.

In addition, the geometry of the rear brake drums, the so-called ‘cake tins’ – essentially a housing that houses the components of the rear braking system – has been modified, which has been done to increase the aerodynamic efficiency of this area of ​​the car.

McLaren

Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri’s cars at Silverstone will feature new rear wings designed to reduce downforce and drag. But interestingly, the team has also developed three options for an additional rear wing, designed for three different levels of downforce, and which McLaren will choose will become clear after practice.

An additional exhaust for the cooling system has been added to the MCL38 engine housing, taking into account the characteristics of the British circuit.

Aston Martin

The AMR24 has a slightly modified front wing configuration to improve efficiency. The geometry of the rear brake air ducts has also been revised.

Visa RB

The Italian team only informed the FIA ​​that a “small wing” had been removed from the Halo system, i.e. an additional element of aerodynamics, with the caveat that this only applies to “certain configurations”. Which configuration Visa RB will choose will become clear later.

Sauber

In Sauber cars, the underbody has been modernized – changes have affected the front section, which was done to optimize airflow and increase aerodynamic efficiency.

Haas F1

The list of new products presented by Haas contains the most items, and almost half of them concern the VF-24 belly. In general, the American team calls the bottom “new” – changes affected the main part of the bottom, the partitions of the Venturi tunnels and the edges of the bottom. All this, of course, is intended to increase the efficiency of its work.

The air intake ducts in the side pontoons have been modified to improve flow. directed towards the rear of the machine.

The geometry of the engine housing has been modified, as it was necessary to ensure that this element works in harmony with the updated side pontoons. For the same reason, the rear-view mirror pillars have been revised.

Ferrari, Alpine and Williams reported no technical updates.

Source: F1 News

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