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Changes for Imola (via AMuS):

Rear wing: Small changes to the flap for better efficiency and better use of the DRS effect.
Front suspension: The wishbone fairing has been modified to give more space to the pushrod and improve flow to the rear.
Front brake ducts: Better control of the cooling of the front brakes.

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Besides the minor upgrades, they've also further reduced the amount of paint on the car. Pretty extreme. Interestingly, some previously bare carbon parts are now painted/wrapped black.

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Albon’s brakes after the exploded:

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SmallSoldier wrote:
Fri Apr 22, 2022 4:34 pm
Albon’s brakes after the exploded:

https://i.imgur.com/AB4MqAP.jpg
Thx. Anyone any ideas on what exactly caused this destruction?

I was expecting the rotor to have failed, which caused the demolition of the housing. But the rotor still looks good. Could it be (part of) the caliper which let go?

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Edax wrote:
Sat Apr 23, 2022 7:11 am
Thx. Anyone any ideas on what exactly caused this destruction?
I was expecting the rotor to have failed, which caused the demolition of the housing. But the rotor still looks good. Could it be (part of) the caliper which let go?
Dave Robson explained what happened to The Race.

TL;DR: They ran a rearwards brake bias to heat up the brakes in the wet. When Albon switched to slicks, he could brake harder, generating more temperature. They didn't change the brake balance forward until it was too late. The rear brakes overheated and the wheelrim exploded. The damage is limited to brakes, wheelrim and upright, but the suspension was replaced as a precaution.

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Moctecus wrote:
Sat Apr 23, 2022 8:32 am
Edax wrote:
Sat Apr 23, 2022 7:11 am
Thx. Anyone any ideas on what exactly caused this destruction?
I was expecting the rotor to have failed, which caused the demolition of the housing. But the rotor still looks good. Could it be (part of) the caliper which let go?
Dave Robson explained what happened to The Race.

TL;DR: They ran a rearwards brake bias to heat up the brakes in the wet. When Albon switched to slicks, he could brake harder, generating more temperature. They didn't change the brake balance forward until it was too late. The rear brakes overheated and the wheelrim exploded. The damage is limited to brakes, wheelrim and upright, but the suspension was replaced as a precaution.
So it basically was the tire exploding inwards, into the brake housing, rather than brake parts being propelled outwards.

Hadn’t thought about that but ik makes sense. I was expecting more something like this.


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Who said we can't talk about livery in the car thread :mrgreen:

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Kind of blurs the lines when a lightweight livery is put on the car for performance purposes!!
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That's a lot of de-liverying right there. Is the Williams the most overweight car on the grid then?!
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Most likely a cocktail of “every little helps”, “low-hanging fruit” & “marginal gains”….
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when a car livery is part of car performance :D

https://onestopracing.com/are-f1-cars-p ... r-wrapped/

Why Are F1 Cars Painted And Not Wrapped?

You may be wondering why F1 cars are painted rather than being wrapped, as wrapping takes less time, is cheaper, requires fewer people, and is easier to apply than paint.

The truth of the matter is that there are many reasons why F1 racing teams use paint for their cars rather than wraps, but the chief among these is the fact that the cars are so intricate that wrapping a formula 1 car is far more complicated than painting it.

The parts of a Formula 1 car that are painted are highly specialized components. They are designed to provide the best airflow and aerodynamics possible for the car.
Having a light coat of paint keeps the overall weight of the car down. F1 cars have on average only about 1.5kg (3.3lb) of paint applied to them, in contrast to the 25 – 30kg (55 – 66lb) of paint that is applied to commercial cars.

Aerodynamics – If the paint on the F1 car is not applied correctly, and if it is applied in layers that are too thick, it can negatively affect the aerodynamics of the car as it moves through the air.
F1 cars are made from carbon fiber materials and metal. These two materials must be joined together in places, which is very tricky to do, and often leaves gaps or small bumps, protrusions, or imperfections on the surface of the car.

Using fillers and paints, the painting crew must correct these imperfections and fill in the gaps to make the car as perfect as possible.

Paint applied in the right way in the right location on the car can significantly improve the lines and smoothness of the body of the car, which improves overall performance.
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PlatinumZealot wrote:
Sun Apr 24, 2022 10:45 am
That's a lot of de-liverying right there. Is the Williams the most overweight car on the grid then?!
I don’t think it is, but removing paint is basically free weight reduction.
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so have they completely abandoned the hole behind the sidepod inlet concept?
It hasnt seen a single race after pre season testing.