Red Bull raised some eyebrows at the start of the year by positioning the on board TV camera in a place which, while clearly innovative in the thinking behind it, other teams felt was not permitted.
In Monaco the situation appears to have been resolved with the FIA instructing the team to fall in line and place them outboard, as the rules indicate.
So what does this mean and how significant is it?
As always, JA on F1 technical adviser and former McLaren, Williams and Toyota senior engineer Mark Gillan has the answer:
The interaction of the cameras with the rest of the car, and in particular the inboard legs of the front suspension, is important – clearly Red Bull effectively removed that interaction by cleverly embedding the camera housing in the ‘vanity’ panel region; a relatively aero benign area (see picture from early races above)
Pictures above from Spain show Renault and Total livery appearing to have been moved closer together to give an impression of a different longitudinal location for the camera.
The latest pictures from XPB at Monaco show how Red Bull have had to adopt a more conventional camera location (for FiA camera location #2), with ‘ears’ connecting the camera housings to the chassis and the removal of the step in the vanity panel, which was used to house the camera.
Red Bull will have done their best to minimise any aero loss from this set-up, but given their delay in adopting it the new design is probably at best aero neutral and more likely to be slightly detrimental to their performance.
* The FIA regulation on the TV camera mountings is below: Click to enlarge graphic.