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Back-to-back test: Compare new F1 aero parts used in Japan

Besides Mercedes’ highly successful aero update for the Japanese Grand Prix, three other Formula 1 teams brought significant new pieces to Suzuka as each searched for an upturn in form. Take a look at what changed, and what the pieces looked like before the revisions. Renault R.S.19 old front wing Photo by: Giorgio Piola Renault introduced a new front wing it hoped would not only unlock some more of the RS19’s latent potential, but perhaps also offer insight into the trajectory they should follow for next season. Note the shape of the mainplane as it connects the front wing’s neutral section and the shape of the flaps above on the old design illustrated here. Renault R.S.19 new front wing Photo...

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Tech verdict: How Mercedes struck back at Suzuka

Mercedes achieved a monumental feat in Japan, becoming the first team in the Formula 1 history to capture six back-to-back drivers’ and constructors’ F1 World Championships. What makes this particularly impressive is that it has been able to achieve this through a sequence of regulation changes, which shows it could adapt and develop a range of circumstances.   This season is no exception, as Mercedes had to overcome advances from its rivals during a period of regulatory flux. The 2019 progress had been stunted since the summer break, as Ferrari enjoyed a renaissance that’s challenged the Silver Arrows at circuits that it never expected to. Keen to both maintain its development trajectory over the course of the season and overturn this...

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Japanese Grand Prix

  Due to the Typhoon, this year's running of the Japanese Grand Prix had its schedule changed with qualifying moved to Sunday before the race. This created a lot of extra work for the teams by forcing them to prepare their cars for both sessions with much less time in between. At the race, there was talk that this format (qualifying and the race on the same day) could be the way to move forward in the future. In my opinion, I doubt it, as it require spectators to stay at the track or watch TV for a whole day. I don’t think this is feasible, especially for casual fans. To me, the format is ideal as is, with two...

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Japanese GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Suzuka pitlane at the Japanese Grand Prix, giving insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams in pursuit of more performance. Mercedes F1 AMG W10 front wing detail Photo by: Giorgio Piola Mercedes is evaluating several new parts at the Japanese GP, the first of which is a revised front wing endplate design. A small canard, that stays within the tolerances set out for the endplates, can now be found near the leading edge. Mercedes F1 AMG W10 technical detail Photo by: LAT Images Mercedes has also revised the deflector assembly which is mounted alongside the sidepods. The rearmost element (purple arrow) no...

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Japan prepares for Super Typhoon Hagibis putting the Japanese GP in jeopardy.

I’ve arrived at Suzuka after a long trip, and as has happened in years past, the running of this year's Japanese GP is once again under threat from a typhoon.Meteorological outlets have confirmed that the super typhoon is expected to hit the mainland over the weekend bringing us high winds and heavy rain.With qualifying taking place Saturday and the race itself Sunday, both look to be in jeopardy of cancellation to keep everyone safe.Although it is not certain exactly what time and where it will make landfall, recent weather forecasts are predicting Suzuka will be affected by the worst on Saturday. Weakening is expected prior to reaching Japan; however, the extreme weather is still a threat, with expected winds of...

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