Hungarian GP: F1 technical developments direct from the track

Matthew Somerfield

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Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren MCL35

Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren MCL35 Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

McLaren applied flo-viz paint on the side of the MCL35's cockpit during FP1 as it looked to gather physical confirmation of how the flow is moving around the car.

Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.20

Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.20 Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Daniel Ricciardo with Kiel probe rakes mounted to his RS20 during FP1 to gather data. The team made back-to-back comparisons with different front wing angles applied too.

Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing RB16

Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing RB16 Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Alex Albon during FP1 with the base high-downforce aerodynamic specification RB16 applied, complete with the single element T-Wing that has appeared for this race.

Red Bull Racing RB16

Red Bull Racing RB16 Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull Content Pool

The RB16 also has with a lower T-Wing in Hungary, similar to a solution used by Mercedes for some time and adopted by Racing Point this year too.

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C39

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo C39 painted with flo-viz during FP1 to check how the rear wing is performing.

Lance Stroll, Racing Point RP20

Lance Stroll, Racing Point RP20 Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Lance Stroll with just the one additional camera pod on the side of his airbox during FP1, as the team looks to build a picture of the tyres’ performance around the Hungaroring, via the thermal imaging cameras housed within.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF1000

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF1000 Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Sebastian Vettel at the wheel of his SF1000 during FP1, with the team having reverted to the older-specification front wing.

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35 Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

McLaren installed a two-tier T-Wing for the Hungarian GP – but it’s not new, as we saw it used in pre-season testing. Also note the flaps above the rear engine cover cooling outlet that the team tested in Austria but didn’t race.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Mercedes reverting to the two-pillar rear wing arrangement for the higher downforce demands, and the T-Wing also returns.

Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing RB16

Alex Albon, Red Bull Racing RB16 Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

The rear of Alex Albon’s rear wing is painted with flo-viz as the team conducted back-to-back tests during FP1. Note also the formation of the tip vortex, which is quite tightly wound.

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43 Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

The Williams FW34 from behind gives us a good view of the large cooling outlet for the warm conditions, the diffuser and – due to the humid conditions – the appearance of the rear wing tip vortex.

Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01

Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01 Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Sparks fly off the titanium skids on the AlphaTauri AT01 as it rides the kerbs.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF1000

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF1000 Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

A rear end shot of the Ferrari SF1000 with the tip vortex peeling off the rear wing.

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