The back wing in the championship match between Ferrari and Red Bull

( – Although the lap times between Red Bull and Ferrari are only marginal this year, both have taken a completely different approach to the setup.

At Ferrari and Red Bull, the focus is on the rear wing



Red Bull seems to prefer a lower downforce approach on all tracks so far to maximize top speed at the expense of performance in turns. Ferrari, on the other hand, has so far opted for a higher downforce solution, which means that the car performs worse on speed measurements, but turns better and should offer better tire degradation.

But as the two teams prepare for an intense battle for the Formula 1 championship, the likelihood increases that the two teams could meet in their approach to avoid being outwitted.

In the years when Red Bull won the World Championship, and especially during the turbo hybrid era, Red Bull advocated a high downforce philosophy, but also with relatively high air resistance, which resulted in the car often finishing the speed rating.

Rear wing of Red Bull RB18

The rear wing of the Red Bull RB18



This year, however, the approach is quite different, and the RB18 is regularly the fastest car at the end of the corpse. This has allowed the team to continue, although Ferrari seems to be doing a better job in qualifying.

Red Bull seems to be able to squeeze more power from the more generous undercarriage this season and has therefore generally used fewer rear wings than Ferrari so far, contributing to their top-speed advantage.

They seem happy with where they are set-up-wise, while Ferrari seems to change their wing setup more often. Overall, it looks like Ferrari is in favor of a set-up this year aimed at improving cornering speeds.

In Miami, however, they brought a new rear wing with less downforce, indicating that they were concerned about its top-speed performance. Eventually, however, it was decided not to use it, as the slippery track surface caused it to continue at the familiar level of downforce.

The new wing is the third different rear wing configuration for Ferrari this year, with Scuderia already using two subtly different configurations.

Ferrari rear wing

The differences between the two rear wings used are subtle



The difference between these two specifications lies in the transition points (arrow). More downforce is generated in the central part of the spoon-shaped wing, while the resistance is reduced in the outer part of the wing.

In Miami, Ferrari used the lower downforce version and removed the Gurney flap on the rear edge of the top flap to slightly reduce downforce and traction.

Ferrari’s latest wing, which was not used in Miami but was seen at the team’s secret film day in Monza last week, is designed for minimal downforce and has weakened wing profiles.

The new design, which will be perfect for Baku but can also be tested in Barcelona, ​​offers a much flatter main floor design, similar to the new design unveiled by Mercedes in Miami and presented earlier this season on the Alpine A522 var to see .

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari has changed the clothing on the struts



To improve the aerodynamic properties, Ferrari has also replaced the wishbones.

The specification used in Miami is more cricket bats shaped than the one used elsewhere (see inserted) and offers a much wider surface area that will not only affect the local airflow but also the road around surrounding suspension elements.

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