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22 Feb 2015

A selection of the best technical images from Barcelona courtesy of Sutton Images
 Mercedes W06, note the team are once again using the skinnier (Monza-esque from last season) Y100 winglet (Monkey Seat).  Furthermore notice the heat haze/upwash
 Red Bull RB11 - Note the heat haze / upwash as the exhaust plume is being manipulated, creating a connection between the aero structures of the diffuser and rear wing

 Sauber C34 - They've finally painted those endplate strakes, meanwhile we can see the new cooling outlet (Note I've yet to see the team run with a Y100 winglet)

 Lotus E23 - rear end detail shows just how tight they've wrapped the exhaust, still no Y100 winglet and note how few brake duct fins they are using

 Toro Rosso STR10
Toro Rosso STR10



  1. Looking at pictures of the 2015 cars, and as you already have written, the designers try to have them as narrow as possible.
    I understand that this is done to optimise airflow for the rear part of the car.
    However another thought popped up in my mind.
    Jetfighters in the past sometimes had problems of breaking the sound barrier.
    If I remember correctly the fuselage was modified by what was called a wasp waist which diminished air swirling and therefore optimised aerodynamics.
    Is this effect also true for the actual F1 cars?
    Thanks for for reply.

    Wim van de Kimmenade

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