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12 Nov 2015

A selection of the best technical images from Interlagos courtesy of Sutton Images, this gallery will be updated throughout the weekend.  You can also keep up to date with the technical story as it evolves on my Twitter and Instagram feeds...

Thursday

Red Bull RB11 front wing detail

Williams FW37 front wings
McLaren MP4-30 front wing selection (lower of the two is the newest specification)

Lotus E23 front wing detail

Toro Rosso STR10 chassis detail
Lotus E23 chassis detail

Ferrari SF15-T looking across at the back of the front wing, shows the shape of the under flap strakes

Pirelli readying the tyres for the Brazilian GP weekend

Sauber C34 chassis detail

Sauber C34 front wing detail

Marussia MR03B front wing detail, note the upper of the two is the latest specification

Force India VJM08 front wing, note how the trailing edge of the flaps and the leading edge of the strakes are coated differently so as to aid the airflow

Ferrari SF15-T front brake duct

Mercedes W06 chassis detail

Mercedes W06 chassis detail, note tray placed on top to conceal any setup work being done

Red Bull RB11 rear wing detail
Williams FW37 chassis detail

Sauber C34 internal pipework which collates airflow from the 'ears' either side of the airbox

Force India VJM08 front wing close up (especially of the Z vane that is back on the car this weekend)

Sauber C34 front brake duct

Toro Rosso STR10 chassis detail

Force India VJM08 Y100 winglets (Monkey Seat) unmounted
Red Bull RB11 front wing detail

Red Bull RB11 brake duct detail

Red Bull RB11 nose detail

Red Bull RB11 nose detail

Force India VJM08 rear wing and Y100 winglet

McLaren MP4-30 sidepod detail
Mercedes W06 chassis 'S' duct

Mercedes W06 rear end detail

Ferrari SF15-T floor and sidepod detail

Ferrari SF15-T front wing from behind detail

Ferrari SF15-T front wing from behind detail

Red Bull RB11 rear wing detail

Red Bull RB11 front wing detail

Red Bull RB11 front wing detail

Red Bull RB11 chassis and turning vane detail

Mercedes W06 floor detail

Ferrari SF15-T bargeboard and sidepod detail

Red Bull RB11 turning vanes, note the gull wing conenction with the ride height sensor


Mercedes W06 floor detail

Mercedes W06 front wing detail

Mercedes W06 chassis 'S' duct


Mercedes W06 front wing from behind



Red Bull RB11 diffuser detail

Ferrari SF15-T chassis detail


Williams FW37 turning vanes

Red Bull RB11 exposed detail of the centre mounting pylon


Mercedes W06 chassis detail


Williams FW37 diffuser, gurney and Y100 extensions detail

Mercedes W06 chassis 'S' duct detail, taped off

Ferrari SF15-T rear wing louvres

Ferrari SF15-T rear end detail, note the crash structure winglets

Ferrari SF15-T tyre squirt slots

Ferrari SF15-T rear wing centre mounting pylon

Ferrari SF15-T rear wing and diffuser detail

Ferrari SF15 - Turning vanes and 'Bat wing'

Ferrari SF15-T rear wing detail
Ferrari SF15-T front wheel / blown axle, note the shape of the inner axle outlet

Mercedes W06 rear wing and Y100 winglet

Mercedes W06 nose detail

Mercedes W06 - Engineer applying tape to close off the chassis 'S' duct
Mercedes W06 - tape being applied to close off the chassis 'S' duct
Mercedes W06 - rear brake duct
Mercedes W06 chassis / 'S' duct detail

Williams FW37 rear wing detail

Williams FW37 Y100 winglet detail
Mercedes W06 - Mockup of the vanity panel above the chassis to show where airflow might be coming from to exit through the 'S' duct.
Friday

Red Bull RB11 floor detail

A selection of images showing the W06 painted with flo-viz, it's worth noting the most interesting section is where the engineer is taking photographs around the pitot tube stack and leading edge of the 'S' duct wedge.  That's because this will be scene of the post separation caused by the 'S' ducts addtion.  You'll note the engineer taking photo's is also using an ultra-violet light...
 





Mercedes W06 steering wheel detail

Mercedes W06 front brake detail

Ferrari SF15-T rear end detail, note the team are using their maximum cooling package

Mercedes W06 steering wheel detail


Mercedes W06 with pitot tube mounted on the mainplane centreline
Ferrari SF15-T with kiel probe array mounted to the rear of the car, assessing flow structures around the wheel/tyre, rear wing, diffuser and brake ducts
McLaren MP4-30 rear end detail, note the change in layout at the diffusers edge, with the outer strake turned further outward and the inner one moved further inboard
 

Mercedes W06 under nose detail, the hollow cavity at the noses base is where the lip/chin/tongue of the bulkhead is inserted

Toro Rosso STR10 with new rear wing, note the shape of the top flaps trailing edge, which now curves down at its outer edges.
Red Bull RB11 with kiel probe arrays mounted behind the front wheels (red arrows) whilst another pair of vertical kiel probe stacks are mounted either side of the chassis (circled in blue)

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Whilst I'm trying to keep atop of the blog you may have noticed of late that there is less content appearing. For those of you that haven't realised, most of my work has now been moved over to Motorsport.com where I'm working with Giorgio Piola.

I'm still doing the technical image gallery for each GP with the continued support of friend of the site Sutton Images. However, as always my time is limited and so this might not be updated as quickly as it once was, so keep checking back.

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