|Red Bull add kiel probe arrays behind the front wheels on the RB12 to collect data on how the front wing, nose, wheels etc interact with the airflow and will use the data to correlate their findings with the simulations conducted at the factory|
|Scale model in Sauber's wind tunnel in Hinwil|
|Martin Brundle stands infront of a huge scalextric track which consists some of the best and well known sections of track on the Formula One calendar|
|This original image is no longer available on their website but AVL Racing, who've been at the forefront of this chassis dynamomter technology are worth a visit if you really want to scrape beneath the surface of the VTT's I'm talking about.|
Have Red Bull stolen a march on their competitors by being first to integrate their chassis dyno and simulator? Most probably, as they're on the ground floor understanding how to use the data it creates from the get-go, understanding what's not right when they get to the track and resolving these issues as they unfold. Is it a silver bullet? Who knows, the depth of technical expertise that goes into building and running an F1 challenger is mind boggling but we can't deny that most of the pace they've gained over the course of this season has come from a better understanding of setup and the powerunit, rather than their relentless aero programme. Perhaps this'll change their approach to aero going forward too, although you'd argue that their wind tunnel has probably had the 2017 model in it for almost all of this season in any case.