The Red Bull clues thrown up from Andretti’s F1’s wind tunnel model
It would be illogical for the American outfit to abandon its project in case it receives a reprieve before 2028, especially considering the significant progress it has made so far with its F1 ambitions. Recently, the team released images of its wind tunnel model, providing clues about their overall approach. Comparisons will likely be made to Red Bull due to the sidepod design and other intricate aspects of the car’s design. However, many teams on last year’s grid have also moved towards this design variant due to the success of the RB19. Red Bull extensively developed this area of the car in 2023, shallowing the inlet and exposing more of the sidepod’s undercut. The Andretti design closely resembles the RB18, not only in terms of the inlet but also the wing mirror design and sidepod features. The floor edge detail and bib wing arrangement are also similar to what we have seen before on other teams’ cars. The engine cover design differs from the roll hoop to the airbox shape, possibly to make room for extra cooling. The separation between the engine cover and sidepod bodywork is a common design feature with these regulations, aiding in cooling the internal components.