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How the key tech contests of F1 2024 are shaping up

Formula 1 testing revealed many intricacies hidden during the launch season, including cooling innovations, front wing diversification, adjustable suspension and returning design solutions. Here are the tech battlegrounds that are set to play out in 2024

There’s always an element of secrecy and gamesmanship in Formula 1’s launch season. Teams are keen to only show the car in a state that doesn’t give up their development secrets, although it’s inevitable that these will be revealed when pre-season testing begins. But, if nothing else, the mystery at least delays the point at which other teams can analyse a solution and implement it into their own simulations.

As the covers were taken off, the ‘proper’ 2024 cars finally burst onto the scene last week in Bahrain. A handful of teams had already revealed key features in their shakedown runs but, thanks to that earlier secrecy amid the launches, there were lots of new technological advancements to dissect. Now that F1 reaches its third season with the 2022-defined ruleset, the wealth of talented designers across the field are starting to get a handle on how to exploit the letter of the law but perhaps sidestep the intent of the regulations.  

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