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Red Bull Racing

The first secrets of Red Bull's 2022 F1 car revealed

Red Bull's striking new RB18 hit the track in Barcelona on Wednesday with a number of eye-catching features that RacingNews365.com is on hand to explain.

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Almost two weeks on from an inconclusive launch held by the team to showcase their 2022 look, Red Bull's RB18 has broken cover at Barcelona with a number of interesting features.

Arguably the most striking of these are the heavily sculpted sidepods, which are notably missing a fair chunk of bodywork for this first morning of testing.

According to RacingNews365.com's new technical contributor, Paolo Filisetti, this design allows for a very large front section of the car's floor, as Red Bull look to claw back some of the downforce that F1's new-for-2022 regulations are likely to have cut.

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The Adrian Newey-penned design also features a notable hole in the floor, a feature Filisetti believes is more related to providing a cooling function for the electronics than serving as an aerodynamic aid.

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Looking at the front of the RB18, an opening is clearly visible in the tip of the nose, suggesting that this is the inlet for the S-duct air intake that has been widely used in F1 since 2012.

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Also interesting:

With F1 pre-season testing getting underway in Barcelona this week, our journalists Dieter Rencken, Mike Seymour and Thomas Maher look ahead to what to expect.

F1 2022 Barcelona pre-season test RN365 News dossier

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