While it can be an independent development, Renault required about a month since the BMW introduction to also connect the sidepod panel with the barge board. The French team ran their new item at the last winter test for the first time and was used all the weekend in Australia. The panel is larger than the BMW and particularly aims to direct air around the sidepod and onto the rear wing. When designed correctly, such a device can generate considerable amounts of downforce at the rear of the car and we can logically expect others teams to come up with something similar in the next few months.
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