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Tech analysis: Red Bull's revised turning vanes

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Tech analysis: Red Bull's revised turning vanes
Matt Somerfield
By: Matt Somerfield
Co-author: Giorgio Piola
Apr 11, 2017, 3:19 PM

Red Bull arrived in China off the back of a fairly lacklustre first outing in Australia which saw Daniel Ricciardo parked up having not even made the start and Max Verstappen finish in fifth.

Its performance in China slightly flattered to deceive given the use of the supersoft tyres, both sets new ones in the case of Verstappen, as it had managed to save sets during qualifying whereas those around them were forced to use soft tyres.

Red Bull mechanics at work on Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
Red Bull mechanics at work on Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

It's understood that the team at least tested a new rear suspension set-up in China, having made changes before Australia to come in line with the technical directive issued by Charlie Whiting, after a request for clarification on the aerodynamic intentions of the suspension was made by Ferrari.

The team also had new turning vanes at its disposal (main image) which feature a revised footplate, detaching the forward most element completely and adding another slot into the lead element, the changes of which have been made to widen the operating window of the surfaces.

Red Bull RB13 Melbourne turning vanes detail
Red Bull RB13 Melbourne turning vanes detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola


 

It appears Ricciardo had opted for a slightly wetter set-up than Verstappen, as the Aussie admitted he'd needed a front wing adjustment at the second stop, in order to get the desired performance from the front tyres.

With a choice that is almost imperceptible, it seems the Australian also favoured a rear wing with slightly more load too as he looked to keep the car planted in the damp conditions.

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13, leads Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13, leads Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13

Photo by: LAT Images

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