Thanks to a combination of a relatively stable set of regulations and the need to devote design resources to next year's substantially different rules, there has been a more muted rate of development than usual in Formula 1 this season.
But despite this, there have been plenty of interesting technical development trends running through the season.
With budgets already tight for many teams, choosing where to spend money is a tough task. But offsetting the stability of the rules, with only a few subtle changes including the introduction of the optional vanity panel to shroud the step in the nose, was the major change in tyres - meaning teams have spent more time working with the rubber than pressing on with aerodynamic developments.
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