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The real concept differences that will define F1’s 2024 Red Bull clones

Having utterly dominated the 2023 Formula 1 season, it would be understandable to expect Red Bull’s rivals to produce RB19 copies for the new campaign. While that could still prove to be true, there is a clear difference between a replica and a design which extracts superior performance.

So it’s goodbye zeropods. Farewell inwash.

F1 2024 is almost certain to see every Formula 1 team on the grid follow the downwash sidepod concept that Red Bull has put to such good use in the latest ground effect era.

While even the world champion squad’s boss Christian Horner expects there to be “a lot more cars that perhaps look like an RB19 philosophy” this year, it would be a mistake to think that identical sidepod philosophies are going to produce cars that all behave and perform the same. In fact, when it comes to defining the critical aspects that dictate if a car is one that can be fighting for pole, or is left battling to get out of Q1, then the actual sidepod design would be quite a way down the list.

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