Red Bull has no intention of blocking the development of the RB16B. In the Milton Keynes team they do not want to lose the technical advantage gained over the Mercedes, so the technicians headed by Pierre Wache do not wait to introduce new features whenever the factory is able to bring new solutions to the track.
Max Verstappen last week used the diffuser equipped with shark teeth on the entire extension of the Gurney flaps that was also supplied to Sergio Perez only in the Austrian GP, while in this appointment at the Red Bull Ring the Dutchman was able to rely on the novelties that appeared in bargeboards
Red Bull RB16B detail of Verstappen’s modified bargeboards
Photo by: Giorgio Piola
At the foot of the flap gate that connects the bargeboard to the flow diverter on the sides of the bellies, there is a triple “handle” of overlapping elements. The gate shows one less flap, because a little below the flow pattern has been changed to push the air towards the outside of the rear wheel.
Red Bull has decided to provide the only solution available to Verstappen, without waiting for the version for Sergio Perez to be ready. The drawing of Giorgio Piola allows us to visualize how complicated is the management of the flows on the bottom of the RB16B.