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I'm Matthew Somerfield, a freelance journalist focused on the technical elements of Formula One. It has been a pleasure to provide content via this site for the last 5 years, which has led me to several paid freelancing jobs along the way. I'm currently plying my trade with and working alongside the legend that is Giorgio Piola.

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5 Jul 2013

A selection of the best technical images from Friday's action at the Nurburgring courtesy of Sutton Images

Ferrari F138 - Great detailed shot of the car on the low loader after Alonso's ECU problems in FP1
Ferrari F138 - Great detailed shot of the car on the low loader after Alonso's ECU problems in FP1
Ferrari F138 - Pitot Tube array ahead of the Sidepod to assess the airflow in that region

Lotus E21 DRD (Drag Reduction Device) As we can see from the magnified image although installed a plug was placed in the end of the Periscope to stop it operating

Lotus E21 DRD (Drag Reduction Device) - The outlet at the base of the Periscope shown magnified here is new for the 2013 spec and is likely used to aid in bleeding off airflow

  Ferrari F138 - the rear of the Front Wing during a pit stop practice

Red Bull RB9 - Adrian Newey inspects the area around the rear brake drum, Rear Wing Endplate and Diffuser footplate to assess what the Flo-Viz shows has changed in terms of flow structure with the rear tyres introduced in Germany


Red Bull RB9 - Flo Viz applied in between the Floor Strakes used to guide the airflow coming around the Sidepod that converges with the Exhaust Plume and helps to seal the Diffuser


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