Red Bull’s front wing became a talking point following the Turkish Grand Prix
November 20 2020 , 3:30 pm
Red Bull’s front wing became a talking point following the Turkish Grand Prix, when Max Verstappen revealed that a setting errors had scuppered his chances in the Formula 1 race.
Having been so quick throughout practice and qualifying, it all went wrong on Sunday afternoon when Verstappen found himself unable to maintain that performance edge in the race.
At the front of the car the team had a revised front wing and cape, both of which have an impact on the formation and control of the Y250 vortex, which can have a corresponding effect at the rear of the car too.
One side of his wing had been set at a different angle to the other – as can be seen in the above image – and was out by about seven degrees.
That meant the car did not handle as it should have done, and the consequence was a higher tyre degradation.
It also meant that Verstappen was unable to show just how much of a step forward a new update package had brought to Istanbul, as the team pushed hard with developing its RB16.
Whilst the changes to the nose area and rear of the car might seem small in isolation, if considered as a collective they do mark a significant sea change in Red Bull’s development and set its stall out for the direction it will take going forward.