(Motorsport-Total.com) – Crimson Bull made significant changes to his vehicle in the races off Portugal, which could also be seen in the performance of Max Verstappen. Team snappily got new parts for every race this year, on the one hand to gain more performance and on the other hand to eradicate the problem areas.

Red Bull RB16

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Crimson Bull made changes to the suspension Zoom Find

At the rear of the vehicle, Crimson Bull started the Season with a very innovative suspension design. The attachment point of the upper wishbone has been expanded, and the rear arm of the lower wishbone has been pulled back unusually so that it is attached to the crash structure and not to the gearbox housing.

This also allows the rear arm of the wishbone be pulled upwards more intensely and thus bring its own aerodynamic advantage.

At the Gigantic Prix of the Eifel, the team concentrated on this area and installed a new rear wheel carrier, which is clearly from an inventory at Mercedes and later also Racing Point was inspired. The carry out of the wheel carrier thus forms an inlet.

This is a fascinating development. Because already in Melbourne, Crimson Bull from the FIA ​​wanted to have clarity about exactly this inventory, which was seen at Mercedes last year.

Aufhängung Red Bull RB16

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There is an inlet in the wheel carrier, about which there were discussions Zoom Find

Mercedes and Racing Point had to make changes to the inventory in order to comply with the FIA ​​interpretation of the rules be. These had an additional inlet to direct airflow to the brake drum and to cool it. This also helped to change the temperatures of the rim and thereby manage the temperatures of the rear tires.

With the new solution, both groups either had to close the inlet or a similarly sized outlet on the back of the Wheel carrier created so that the air flow can easily flow through.

For Crimson Bull, the clarification of the FIA ​​was a double win. Not only did the clarification reprimand the opponents, it also opened the door to using the wheel carrier as an aerodynamic aid.


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Mercedes had to change the inventory of its wheel carrier before the season Zoom Find

The latest wheel carrier inventory has a modified carry out and includes this channel. This means that the air flow can be directed backwards with more precision, and the flow on other surfaces such as the winglets in the brake ventilation behind it is also improved.

Halo as an aerodynamic means

Other areas of the RB 16 were improved at a high rate. The rear wing was adjusted in the central area in order to reduce the air resistance without restricting the diploma in downforce.

In addition, the bodywork has been somewhat streamlined. And thanks to the Honda engine, you can also take advantage of the aerodynamic advantages that this brings with it. Comparing both specifications, you can see how much the lower section of the bodywork has become. The bottle neck region has been greatly narrowed. This made it possible to use a much smaller outlet.

Red Bull RB16

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Crimson Bull relies on fins in front of and under the air inlet Zoom Find

The RB 16 set on some new design solutions in and around the cockpit, halo and airbox beforehand. Large scoop-shaped fins under the air inlet made sure that the airflow coming from the halo and the driver’s helmet is changed.

Flaps also appeared on the transition of the halo, and lastly one added Another clever feature added: An inlet on the outer flank of the halo traps cool air, which is then led back out on the inner flank along with some of the heat produced in the side pods.

The solution is opposite to the usual Prefers cooling fins near the halo and probably improves the aerodynamic output of the side pods.

Red Bull RB16

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inlet (blue arrow) and outlet (red arrow) as well the usual cooling fins (insert) Zoom Find

To further improve the airflow in this area, Crimson Bull added additional small fins on the outside of the halo. These are added to the fairing and should negate aerodynamic instabilities of the safety element.

In contrast to other groups, Crimson Bull does not have any larger winglets on the halo fairing, and yet it was designed in such a way that it has an aerodynamic influence has – and the little Finns also help.

Crimson Bull: Even parts for the bin

However, Crimson Bull’s advances this year have not come without complications as the car has some this season Times was quite difficult to drive.

To improve this pickle, the team did some lend a hand-to-again tests of old and new parts to better understand where to turn wrong was. Some upgrades were even dropped if it turned out that they did not deliver the expected performance leaps.


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Crimson Bull made a backward roll on the front wing bracket Zoom Find

For example, at the Gigantic Prix of Styria, a new, closer inventory of front wing brackets was introduced. But that was quickly mothballed in favor of a hybrid version of the nose, which had a new nose tip and inlets, but the old inventory for the mounts.

It takes a lot of character to admit a mistake and get away from it Avoiding new developments – especially when you know how much time, money and resources were spent on it. But knowing exactly when to develop further and when to give up something and develop something new has always been the strength of the group from Milton Keynes.


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