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F1 testing: Renault brings raft of new parts for RS19 to Barcelona

Nico Hulkenberg Renault Barcelona F1 testing 2019

Renault has brought a number of new parts to the first day of Formula 1 testing at Barcelona, updating key areas from the launch-specification car it unveiled last week.

Images of the RS19 released last Tuesday indicated there was plenty of carryover from the previous year's car despite the introduction of new regulations for 2019.

But the French manufacturer emerged on track with an array of new aerodynamic parts for the opening day of testing at Barcelona, showcasing greater complexity compared to the version of the car originally shown.

Nico Hulkenberg Renault Barcelona F1 testing 2019

The bargeboard area, in particular, has been given an overhaul - the top edge of the main bargeboard element has been squared off - allowing the car to hold onto airflow from the front of the car longer before conditioning it for use further downstream.

This now merges the main bargeboard body into the upward protrusion in the original spec car, with a cut-out breaking up the top edge to improve the flow attachment.

Furthermore, the vertical turning vanes ahead of the sidepod have been completely redefined; the original design retained cues from last year's 'aerocat' geometry, but this has been discarded for four interlinking slats - the second of which extends below the final two to strengthen the vortex around the sidepod undercut.

Daniel Ricciardo Renault Barcelona F1 testing 2019

There is also a new arrangement around the rear wing endplates, with Renault attempting something completely different compared to the simple endplates seen previously.

Three separate teeth now overhang at the point at which the wing flares out; the one closest to the leading edge is triangular before leading into a tooth-shaped strake, while the final strake extends to the trailing edge of the wing.

These assist with managing the flow off the rotating rear wheels and developing it into something more workable, assisting with the generation of the trailing vortices produced from the rear wing.

Renault has also added a small fin to the mounting point of the halo to add a little bit of extra flow control over the centre of the car, while the mirrors have been changed to include a slot inside the perimeter.

Daniel Ricciardo Renault Barcelona F1 testing 2019

A design trialled by Ferrari last year, the shrouded mirror ensures there is as much flow control in an area that is traditionally difficult to manage.

This is also something Toro Rosso has incorporated into its design, having launched with a curious flat mirror package last week.

Toro Rosso has also added complexity to its bargeboards, having unveiled the STR14 with a deceptively simple arrangement with three interlinked panels.

The bargeboards now feature a number of serrations at the top edge to pull airflow down towards the edge of the floor, while the front-facing 'daggers' develop into an extension of the sidepod turning vane, boosting the airflow energy around the car's midriff.

Toro Rosso also ran with the improved outwash front wing it performed a shakedown with last week, closing up the outboard section to drive flow outwards.

Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Barcelona F1 testing 2019

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