(F1Fanatic) Last year Red Bull’s mastery of flexible wings and exhaust blown diffusers gave them a decisive edge. Both are subject to much stiffer regulations this year. The positioning of exhausts has been heavily restricted and there is now a much more stringent front wing flex test.
However exhaust positioning remains important, as Ferrari has shown with its 2012 car. When they first launched the F2012 its exhausts were as far to the rear as the regulations allowed (remember the ‘Acer ducts’) and pointed towards the inside of the tyres. The intention was to replicate the benefits of the exhaust blow technology from 2011 by sealing the diffuser.
Unfortunately Ferrari’s solution had adverse effects. The rear tyres overheated from the hot exhaust plume…
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