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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 Motorsport.com and working alongside the legend that is Giorgio Piola.

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7 Jun 2014


A selection of the best technical images from Fridays action in Montreal courtesy of Sutton Images

Ferrari F14T - Great shot of the new engine cover and elongated sidepods treated in flo-viz to ascertain if they're performing as expected

Ferrari F14T - Great shot of the new engine cover and elongated sidepods treated in flo-viz to ascertain if they're performing as expected

Ferrari F14T - Great shot of the new engine cover and elongated sidepods treated in flo-viz to ascertain if they're performing as expected

 Red Bull RB10 - To suit the medium downforce characteristics of Montreal the team aren't running the nose with it's usual 'pelican' underbelly, whilst at the rear of the car the team have reduced the number of endplate louvres but re-introduced leading edge tyre wake slots (not used since last season)





Ferrari F14T - Note the height of the upper flap, the team have cut the top element down, removing not only the gurney trim but also the V grooves (use the image above this as a reference)




 Mercedes WO5 - New heat treatment added to the top of the crash structure and more added to the Monkey Seat since Monaco.

McLaren MP4-29 - The team trying the car without the upper wishone 'wings' almost certainly in an effort to reduce some drag.

McLaren MP4-29 - Pitot tube array placed ahead of the rear wheels to assess the airflow in the region, most likely as a result of only running the lower wishbone 'wings' as mentioned above.

 Ferrari F14T - 'Back to Back' testing for correlation the older specification engine cover and sidepods

 Force India VJM07 - Flo-viz applied to the rear wing to assess the sections cut off the top of the top flap (see lower image for comparison with regular flap)









 Lotus E22 - Lower downforce rear wing (much shallower AoA)








 Ferrari F14T - Top/rear view shows that the sidepods have been extended to reach beyond the rear suspension elements now


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