Red Bull introduced a considerable number of changes on its car at Singapore, including a new front wing, diffuser and DDRS. Perhaps of a little less importance, but still interesting is their new nose cone. Just like Williams did, the new nose has a slight bulge below the nose, in the middle of the nose but just behind the front wing pillars. Overall the tip of the nose on the Red Bull is also slightly lower, resulting in more airflow over the nose and less under it.
Such change is remarkable, especially because the currently nearly maximum-height noses of current F1 cars are all focused to get as much air as possible under the nose and towards the floor. It is of course part of Red Bull's changes to improve the balance of the RB8. Adrian Newey mentioned before the Japanese GP that "the team have been focusing mainly on restoring the car's balance after losing the effect of the exhaust blown diffusers that we had for the past two years".
The reason why Red Bull keeps winning the pole position in many of the races is due to its innovative thinking. While the rest are focused on getting as much air as possible under the nose, Red Bull found it prudent to concentrate on restoring the car’s balance, and it paid off. I think rivals, such as Ferrari, are not being innovative and creative enough to think of ways to improve the performance of the cars. Sometimes, it’s not just about speed. There are other factors to be considered. It’s better to carry out trial-and-error to find the best solution, such as BMW’s swirl flaps. It has its failures in the beginning, but the idea has now been refined.
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