2017 has seen aerodynamics guru Adrian Newey return to focussing on the F1 design team and it appears that the British designer has been experimenting again with flexible body parts.
The stewards after scrutineering in Hungary yesterday have deemed the Red Bull’s front wing illegal and have made the team modify it.
This move could potentially inhibit the Red Bull’s of Daniel Riciardo and Max Verstappen from challenging at the sharp end due to the fact their Power Unit’s output is still lagging behind the Ferrari and Mercedes teams. With Mercedes long wheel base and Ferrari’s oil burning ban, the Milton Keynes team looked set to be a potential factor in the race. Red Bull placed much hope in Hungary due to the low speed nature of the tight and twisty circuit, suitable for the RB13’s handling advantages.
Now the FIA have made Red Bull stiffen their wing to prevent it flexing at higher speeds, gifting a ‘ground effect’ the closer it got to the track in a similar fashion to Ferrari’s trick floor.