Technical analysis: Budapest

The Hungarian Grand Prix gave all F1 teams one more opportunity to sample new evolutions before the traditional summer break and mandatory two-week factory shutdown. Here are the latest novelties F1i technical expert Nicolas Carpentiers spotted at Budapest.


V-shaped gills on the Red Bull

Located in a valley and featuring a limited number of straights, the Hungaroring makes it tricky for teams to cool their cars down, hence several machines sporting extra gills on their bodyworks to cope with the searing heat.

On each side of the Red Bull, there was a new series of V-shaped apertures. Their revised outline strays from their initial straight shape (compare yellow lines above). The rationale behind the change is to extract a bigger amount of hot air from the radiators that are placed underneath the bodywork.