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Mercedes F1 rear suspension secret revealed

Mercedes has made no secret of the fact that one of the biggest gains it has made with its car this year has been in its low-speed corner performance.   Valtteri Bottas admitted as much in Montreal on Thursday when he said that the car’s rotation in such turns was a huge performance and confidence boost. “It feels like it rotates well,” said the Finn about the W10. “It is clearly a big improvement since last year or the year before. We saw in some of the slow-speed corners we were not the best but now we have made huge steps and definitely, the front end of the car is a lot better on the entry. “It means you can...

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Giorgio Piola’s key Cars of Niki Lauda’s Awesome F1 Career

Legendary technical illustrator Giorgio Piola drew all of the key cars of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda, who has passed away aged 70. Here are his best illustrations of some fantastic machinery, as driven by the legend himself     March 721 March 721 1972 detailed overview Photo by: Giorgio Piola   Development of the first car Niki Lauda drove in Formula 1, the March 721 retained the lozenge-shaped front end and the madcap "tea-tray" wing, but didn't live up to the success of the preceding 711 chassis. After two races, the 'X' specification of car was rolled out with a transverse gearbox, but the package proved unsuccessful - instead, the 721G was ushered out of the factory...

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Ferrari Revisited Old Floor Concept in Baku

Ferrari's bid to bring much-needed performance to its 2019 Formula 1 car has included it revisiting a floor concept that it appeared to have abandoned at the end of last year As Giorgio Piola's exclusive drawing shows (above), Ferrari's upgrade for Baku included a small change to the floor - adding a bank of three fins at the rear corner just ahead of the tyre squirt slot. These fins were something that Ferrari tried in numerous practice sessions at the end of last year, starting in Japan, but could not get to work in the way it hoped.   Ferrari SF71H floor comparison, Suzuka Photo by: Giorgio Piola But now it appears that team is more confident in the design...

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Tech Review: The Final Word on Bahrain GP Updates

We cast our eye over the technical developments made by the teams up and down the pitlane in Bahrain, while also marveling at some of the innovations that are otherwise unseen during a race weekend. The amazing illustrations of Giorgio Piola also takes our understanding to a new level, click through the images below… McLaren MCL34 bargeboard Photo by: Giorgio Piola   McLaren introduced a new bargeboard arrangement in Bahrain and seemingly unlocked some of the untapped potential of the MCL34. The new design’s forward footplate shape was revised quite significantly (red arrow and dotted line), while a series of variously sized vertical fins (white arrow) that we’ve seen others use for some time now were added. These make up...

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F1’s iconic Cars: The McLaren M23 by Giorgio Piola

In our last deep dive into Giorgio Piola’s treasure trove, we cast our eye over Ferrari’s 312. But it was 1974 rivals McLaren and Emerson Fittipaldi that prevailed, running out the eventual winners in a less complex but far more compliant car. Next year will be Giorgio’s 50th year in the sport – having covered over 800 GPs, he’s one of the longest-serving journalists to ever grace the F1 paddock. This gives him a unique insight into the ever-changing landscape of the sport and perhaps, more importantly, an uninterrupted vision of the physical transformation the cars have undergone. The McLaren M23’s lifespan, much like many cars of the era, actually stretched across four years and continued to serve customer teams for another...

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