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2014-03-17 09:52

NEWEY OUTSMARTS RIVALS...AGAIN: Red Bull designer Adrian Newey found this clever solution for the mounting of its mandatory nose-camera. Image: AFP

MELBOURNE, Australia - Red Bull designer Adrian Newey's attention to detail is as sharp as ever in 2014 as the Formula 1 veteran managed to pull off yet another trick...

Keen-eyed observers noticed throughout off-season testing that the new RB10 did not have the required camera mountings.

Since it was only testing, the nose configuration was not deemed 'illegal' at Jerezor in Bahrain  but the camera mountings are mandatory for a grand prix.


So how was Red Bull getting away with it at the 2014 Australian GP?

A closer look at the nose of the Newey-penned 2014 car at Albert Park revealed that a hole for the TV camera lens had been cut between the Casio and Pirelli logos on the nose.

Rules state that mountings must not be inside the carbon structure but Newey found a loophole by putting the camera inside the 'vanity panel', a non-structural covering introduced in 2013 to hide the unseemly nose steps.

F1 correspondent Michael Schmidt said: "The trick by aerodynamics guru Newey, who reads the rules carefully, means no inconvenient parts are in the wind."

Newey's solution also means fans won't be able to watch a rearward-facing TV view during races.

In 2013, Red Bull was challenged by rivals for having an allegedly illegal flexible floor.

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