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Canadian Grand Prix - Technical Analysis

FEATURE BY MATT SOMERFIELD
14/06/2013

Red Bull arrived in Montreal looking back over the last few years at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as missed opportunities. Vettel had taken pole position in both 2011 and 2012 but failed to convert his start position into a race win. This would surely frustrate a character such as Vettel who collects, pole positions, fastest laps and wins. The team, as usual, continues to push on with developments for the RB9 and although at first they may not seem obvious they were significant.

The front wing had been equipped with small vertical guide strakes on the mainplane and secondary flaps strengthening the vortices created by the wing. This is an ever more important factor in 2013 with the tyres deforming vertically, creating more of an inconsistent airflow regime around the tyre and in its wake. The front tyre’s wake is crucial as its flow and vortices shaped in and around it toward the splitter, leading edge of the floor and sidepods. Getting this flow wrong or right can be the difference not only in front wing performance but onward to constructing airflow to area's like the exhaust and Diffuser.

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