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Singapore Grand Prix - Technical Analysis

FEATURE BY MATT SOMERFIELD
25/09/2013

Under the bright lights of the Marina Bay circuit in Singapore the teams encountered the polar opposite of the demands of the last round at Monza.

This high downforce configuration street circuit puts huge demands on both the cars and drivers as they struggle to overcome the heat. Several revisions have been made to the track to improve safety with the largest coming in the form of an altered turn 10.

Dubbed the Singapore Sling, the chicane that used to reside at T10 was replaced by a simple left-hander, much to the delight of the many drivers who have been airborne through there over the last few years.

Simulations ahead of the Grand Prix by the teams was seeing an increase in apex speeds of around 40kmh, this would help to lower lap times by at least a second and help to get the race distance under the designated two hours.

Red Bull

Having demonstrated the flexibility of the RB9 over the course of the season already it's no surprise the team is only needing to make minor changes in order to repeat its performance advantage.

As we can see the team returned to using the Hammerhead configuration nose (with the FOM cameras either side of the nose tip) and a high angle of attack rear wing that requires a monkey seat to make the wing operate effectively.

Meanwhile we can see the team has reverted to its use of the cascade elements on the front wing to condition the airflow around the front wheels. However, they have omitted the small vertical strakes on the upper element of the wing that had been used in the proceeding GPs to compliment the rearward ones.

At the rear of the car more work has been done to extract performance from the diffuser with the perforated/detached Gurney flap extending around the periphery of the diffuser.

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