Technical analysis: Red Bull RB11

Technical analysis: Red Bull RB11

The new Red Bull RB11 made its debut in a striking camouflage disguise livery, but that didn't stop CRAIG SCARBOROUGH from figuring out its secrets and spotting some big changes for 2015

Look beneath the squiggles of the Red Bull-Renault RB11's monochrome dazzle testing livery, and it's clear that the four-time champion team's new design is aggressive, especially with its nose treatment, sidepods and front brake ducts.

While Red Bull was the only team to deny Mercedes wins in 2014, outgoing technical director Adrian Newey estimated its peak power deficit was around 10 per cent, worth nearly six tenths of a second per lap. Windtunnel gains of the same magnitude are hard to come by, and Mercedes also gained ground in what is usually Red Bull's trump card area of aerodynamics last year. A big step is required for 2015.

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