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9 May 2014


A selection of the best technical images from Thursdays preparations in Barcelona ahead of the GP courtesy of Sutton Images



Sauber C33 - New Front Wing, new outwardly pointed cascades and additional endplate canard compared with the old wing below




Lotus E22 - Front wing and nose, note the snowplough between the nose prongs

Ferrari F14T - New rear wing support pylon, now one central support rather than two (not mounted on both cars yet)

Ferrari F14T Front Wing from behind

Lotus E22 - Under chassis turning vanes




Red Bull RB10 - New rear wing endplates featuring conventional pressure louvres rather than the slots behind the planes

Toro Rosso STR9 with the floor off

Caterham CT05 - Front Wing


Williams FW36 - Front Wing

Williams FW36 - Front Wing 



Toro Rosso STR9 - Rear Wing, note the centralised curvature of the upper flap and extended Gurney flap



Ferrari F14T - Brake assembly, note this one has the end cap on the spindle and so is not using the blown effect






 Mercedes WO5 - Front Brake duct detail

Ferrari F14T - Front Brake assembly, note the uncapped spindle on this arrangement pointing at the use of blowing




 Sauber C33 - New Front Wing, note the endplate canard

 Williams FW36 - Front Brake assembly




Caterham CT05 - Front Wing detail


Sauber C33 - Rear Wing detail, note how critical weight saving has become with the team choosing not to paint the mainplane/upper flap
Sauber C33 - Front Brake assembly


 Sauber C33 - Under chassis turning vanes


 Force India VJM07 - Front Wing detail from behind



Williams FW36 - Cockpit fins, also note the wing mirrors are no longer mounted on the vertical vortex generator extensions





Sauber C33 - Rear floor detail



Sauber C33 - Front of floor detail, note the 2 additional fins that extrude from the bargeboard that will generate vortices 

Sauber C33 Splitter arrangement, interesting curvature around the stay
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