Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis
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.
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.
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.