Red Bull front wing – Spot the difference!
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Red Bull front wing – Spot the difference!
Posted By: James Allen  |  07 May 2010   |  12:24 pm GMT  |  51 comments

This morning in Free Practice the Red Bull team did a back to back test on the new front wing it has brought to the Spanish Grand Prix.

After one run mid way through the session a mechanic took the wing off Vettel’s car and fitted it to Webbers and vice versa. They would do this to check some fine detail on how the wheel behaved in steering and to look at the yaw.

This is the kind of fine detail work the teams are involved in as they test out their new aerodynamic parts ahead of qualifying and the race.

See if you can spot the difference between the two wings. It’s pretty hard but there is a difference. Leave a comment if you find it.

Be sure to check in later today when we will do an in depth analysis of the exciting new tech on the cars in the LG Tech Report.

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ones webbers & ones webbers


i mean ones webbers & ones vettels


On one they misspelled “Bull” ?


Photos are too big.

Please put smaller photos as my computer is getting stuck from the sheer size of the photo.


Small black vertical fin outboard of the endplate visible in the first picture but not in the second.


There is no difference. James is just winding you all up.


No, there is – it’s a small flap on the top element.


The bottom one looks like a slightly lighter shade of blue


In the top picture the endplates (far most edge) there is a slightly curved ‘fin’.


Better quality photos would help. And, if they were shot from the same position as well.

For a small fee, I will offer my services..


May be an optical illusion but the one on top is a bit wider. I am using the painting on the floor as a reference.


The endplate on the new one (top) is no longer flat… very tough after 15min still can’t see obvious difference, I wonder how it produces obvious pace difference 🙂


the bottom wing picture on the right side i can see a half cirle extension on the horizontal endplate. other than that the angles of the photo are too different to really make a comparison….


I meant on the top picture sorry!! LOL


the bottom picture on the right side endplate the bottom seems to have a little hook or swoosh on the front of it….


I have a poor eye for these things. But it annoys me that these tests are made during a race weekend and not a proper test session. It’s not like simulators and wind tunnels come cheap and race weekends are already very hectic on their own.


I don’t which one is the newer. But the wing shown in lower picture is not symmetric and the right end plate is not square whereas the upper one has rectangular and symmetric end plates.


One seems to have a car jack attached and the other hasn’t 😉


LOL……. I was about to post the same message. Jacks do not make for efficient aerodynamic devices. I think Adrian Newey screwed up here 🙂


The end plates have an additonal inclinded surface, i am assuming to channel the air along the outer edge of the wing to help the end plate work better in the front wing package.


Is it just the full-length lip on top of the movable flap?

Anyways, what’s the state of art in flexible front wings? From the looks of it, Red Bull’s got a nice bend going under high aerodynamic load, but how are the other teams keeping up?


Itappears the end plate on the wing in the second
photo extends further up & outward, perhaps in an attempt to direct airflow around the front tire. Perhaps they are trying to give the benefits of full bodywork without having full bodywork, in terms of airflow around the front tire. The front tires are likely to cause undesirable changes in the airflow immediately behind the wing at certain steering angles, and this might cause the outboard sections of the wing to stall due to turbulent flow creeping forward from the trailing edge of the wing, which would lose downforce as a result. I’d guess Newey is looking for more grip at the front of the car in medium-speed corners.


The top one’s got a huge tall tubular metal device stuck to it… 🙂

I have no idea…


Is it a longer Gurney flap on the top edge ot the top element?


Mercedes must be pleased. You have to feel for Nico though. I wonder if it had been the other way around in the first 4 races, whether they would have made such sweeping changes to help him. I doubt it very much.


Its the end plate, definately the end plate. It looks to have some sort of faring.

Do I win anything Lol!


The outside plates have a curved edge on them in the first picture at the outside of it.


There seem to be two fins at the very ends of the top wing which aren’t on the bottom one…


On the right hand side, bottom level under the second l in red bull, it has a curl that is not n the original?

Make sense?



It looks like the Gurney-Flap/Wicker doesn’t extend as far on the wing that’s on Webber’s car in the photos (photo #2). It’s hard to tell, and might just be a difference in lighting…

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