The domination of Red Bull in the 2023 season has been such that the remaining interest is now concentrated on the fight for second place in the Constructors’ between Mercedes and Ferrari.
The Brackley-based team led by 20 points with two races still to go, with the focus now shifted towards the 2024 cars, without any exception.
Indeed, the latest rumours from the paddock in Brazil is that Red Bull would once again be capable of annihilating the field once again in 2024.
These rumours coincidentally emerged thanks to the heavy gusts of wind that plagued qualifying on Friday at Interlagos.
Privately, the team and drivers expressed amazement at a phenomenon never experienced with the RB19 before.
Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez described the car as feeling ‘very slowed down’ and unbalanced, as if it had damaged suspension.
But as the wind affected the RB19, Adrian Newey stepped in during the usual technical debriefing, remotely, to offer pointers, with an eye to 2024 and the RB20.
Revolution under the car
The RB20 is set to be an extreme take on the concepts developed by the RB19 – and while it will visually maintain similarities with the 2023 car, next’s year’s design will follow a different aerodynamic concept.
It is to be more refined, with the downforce created and distributed in a radically different way to now, with the floor working differently, adopting different volumetric conformation of the Venturi channels that suck the car to the ground and create the ground effects.
Technical Director Pierre Wache and the aerodynamicists have found various areas of the RB19 to be almost perfect, with only marginal evolutions and no radical developments needed, owing to the significant pace advantage over rivals.
It was therefore decided to integrate into the new project all the changes identified as solutions to the weak points of the RB19 – with the different downforce distribution and generation likely making the effects of the gusts of wind far less relevant.
This is to say that, while opponents are struggling to find a way to catch Red Bull and Max Verstappen at the moment, the team seems to already be introducing radical steps of the highest level to prevent them from getting any closer…