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Tech verdict: How Ferrari got it so right in Spa and Monza

Ferrari’s back-to-back victories in Belgium and Italy saw the team capitalize on the SF90’s more aerodynamically efficient design philosophy, but that’s not to say it didn’t have to make further adjustments to usurp its adversaries. We investigate how Ferrari got back on top with the help of Giorgio Piola’s latest illustrations. Ferrari SF90 rear wing detail Photo by: Giorgio Piola Ferrari chose to run a relatively conventional lower downforce rear wing arrangement for the Belgian GP, rather than the spoon shaped rear wing we’ve seen it favour in the past. It’s a decision that would not only boost straight-line speed but also help to keep rivals at arm’s length through the more demanding middle sector. Ferrari SF90 rear wing Photo...

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F1 tech race: Giorgio Piola on 2019’s finer details

Pockets of performance can always be found when new regulations come into play, especially in areas where the FIA have already tried to close things off. As they say, the devil is in the details. Mercedes AMG F1 W10 front suspension Photo by: Giorgio Piola All of the teams have looked to carve out space for small winglets on the brake duct this year, as seen here on the Mercedes W10. Alfa Romeo Racing C38 fins Photo by: Giorgio Piola Similarly, many teams now have winglets mounted on the ramped section of the chassis, used to just tidy up the airflow as it travels over the nose/chassis transition. Here’s the Alfa Romeo C38. Red Bull RB15 new fins Photo by:...

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F1 tech race: Giorgio Piola on key 2019 developments

We are already past the halfway point in the Formula 1 season, and so far we’ve seen plenty of great work done by the teams to improve their performance. As always, Giorgio Piola has kept a close eye on these improvements – so we can take a look through the story so far… The bargeboard region has been another area of explosive development since the regulations were changed to increase downforce in 2017. The teams have continued to make strides in this area, even though the available space has been reduced for this season.    2019 bargeboard regulation Photo by: Giorgio Piola The height at which the bargeboards could extend upward was reduced by 150mm, but they can now sit...

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Giorgio Piola's top F1 cars: Ferrari 640

Ahead of Ferrari's home race at the Italian Grand Prix, legendary technical expert and illustrator Giorgio Piola revisits one of its greatest Formula 1 cars - the 640. Ferrari's 1989 design broke new ground with its semi-automatic gear change system, but Giorgio explains how its creator John Barnard went to extraordinary lengths to make sure the innovation stayed on the car despite skepticism within the team. Though those sceptics looked set to be proved right as reliability problems peppered Ferrari's pre-season build-up, Barnard was vindicated first when Nigel Mansell took a shock victory on the car's debut in the Brazilian Grand Prix and then when the technology went on to be adopted not just across F1 and the rest of...

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F1 tech race: 2019’s nose and front wing updates so far

We are already past the halfway point in the Formula 1 season, and so far we’ve seen plenty of great work done by the teams to improve their performance. As always, Giorgio Piola has kept a close eye on these improvements – so we can take a look through the story so far. Let’s start with front wings and noses… Alfa Romeo Racing C38 front wing detail Photo by: Giorgio Piola The new aerodynamic regulations for 2019 saw teams take two very different approaches with their front wing designs. Alfa Romeo opted for the most aggressive solution, adopting what’s known as an ‘unloaded’ design, a solution preferred by both Ferrari and Toro Rosso too. This ‘unloaded’ wing solution features a...

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