At the MGP W01’s pre-season launch it became clear team principal Ross Brawn had managed to avoid making its airbox design a structural part of the car’s rollover protection – and was thus not hamstrung on future developments by the FIA’s rules which restrict chassis changes (bottom left inset, blue arrow). Even before the season opener in Bahrain the team made a revision (top left inset, blue arrow). In Spain, however, a dramatic change to the shape of the airbox (main picture) has been introduced, with its intakes lower and further back. The rollover structure now has a narrow, knife-shaped leading edge. All this should help clean up airflow over the engine cover and help boost the performance of the car’s ‘blown’ rear wing.
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