In the case of Sauber’s clever exhaust solution, Red Bull simply rolled out a copy in the days before the 2012 season.
“Cars should be raced exactly as they qualified” – Charlie Whiting
Red Bull’s preparations for the FIA clampdown on so-called ‘hot’ exhaust diffuser blowing are well advanced, Dr Helmut Marko has warned. Marko said on Austrian television Servus TV that he regards the clampdown as a move against Sebastian Vettel’s dominance, after Red Bull pioneered and perfected the technology for its RB7 car.
Mercedes is still having problems with the ongoing development of its 2010 car
Although the German marque’s focus has already switched to the design of a better car for next year, Mercedes recently introduced a blown diffuser that has been troublesome. At recent races, the hot fumes were burning and distorting the diffuser shape, and improvements were brought to Spa-Francorchamps for this weekend’s event.
Red Bull had to modify an element of its rear diffuser during the recent Monaco grand prix weekend.
Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that McLaren identified an element of the dominant RB6′s design that did not conform with the regulations. The rear of the Adrian Newey-penned car has recently been under intense scrutiny by Red Bull’s competitors, resulting in numerous team mechanics crowding around the gearbox while it sits on the grid.
“It will be a big change and it’s going to be an interesting challenge” -Horner
Early simulations show that next year’s formula one cars will be about two seconds slower per lap. Last year, teams including Brawn, Williams and Toyota stunned their rivals by designing cars with the controversial rear aerodynamic concept.
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