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Under Nose Ducts & ‘S’ Ducts Explained (C32, RB9,F138)
In this brief video I have a look at a feature started by Sauber last season (C31) and carried across to their new design. Red Bull have also adopted an S Duct within their design this season whilst Ferrari are using a duct underneath their nose for additional cooling and to tidy up the Boundary Layer being produced under the nose. (Boundary Layer = Formation of slowed airflow over an extended section of bodywork) By intersecting the point at which the Boundary Layer starts to form with a change in surface the slowing of airflow isn’t as rapid.