Updates For The Ferrari, Mercedes And Red Bull F1 Teams Look Pretty Chunky

Images from a paddock insider at the race show significant changes for some of the top cars
Ferrari SF-24 in the pits at Imola
Ferrari SF-24 in the pits at Imola

We’ve just about recovered from Lando Norris’ surprise but highly welcome win at the Miami Grand Prix a couple of weeks ago, just in time for F1’s next stop: the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at the storied Imola circuit in Italy.

Norris’ win is one of only a handful of times in the last couple of years that anyone’s been able to challenge Max Verstappen for outright pace. While only the most sensationalist of commentators would call it the beginning of an immediate downturn in Red Bull’s fortunes, it does at least provide hope that the remainder of the season’s races won’t be such foregone conclusions.

Red Bull RB20 in the pits at Imola
Red Bull RB20 in the pits at Imola

Heading into the snappily-named Formula 1 MSC Cruises Gran Premio del Made In Italy e Dell’Emilia-Romagna, a paddock insider from Car Throttle sister brand Crash.net has bagged photos of a raft of upgrades to some of the top teams’ cars, with Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes all bringing in big changes for the race.

The changes to Red Bull’s RB20 focus largely on the aero load around the nose, front wing and floor, all with a view to improving the car’s stability. It also gets some circuit-specific changes to rear brake cooling.

Mercedes F1 W15 in the pits at Imola
Mercedes F1 W15 in the pits at Imola

Mercedes has focused heavily on the floor of its W15, looking to improve on the car’s underbody aero. It’s homed in on its rear wing for Imola-specific improvements, as well as the cooling of the front brakes.

Ferrari, meanwhile, has really gone to town on the SF-24, with upgrades to the front and rear wings, side pods, engine cover, rear diffuser, floor edges and rear suspension. There’s no blue on it this time round, which you may or may not be pleased about.

Ferrari SF-24 in the pits at Imola
Ferrari SF-24 in the pits at Imola

All the other teams barring RB have brought various amounts of upgrades, and you can head over to Crash.net for a full in-depth breakdown of what each team’s changed. We’re just hoping it all leads to a little bit more action at the front of the field.

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