Sorry, Red Bull: No More Exhaust-Blown Diffusers
Red Bull dominated the 2011 season thanks to its wunderkind driver Sebastian Vettel and the genius of its chief technical officer Adrian Newey. Newey discovered a loophole in the 2011 regulations that allowed the car's exhaust to blow over the rear diffuser which in turn created more downforce and allowed the car to handle better through turns. The 2012 rule books saw that loophole closed. What does this mean for Red Bull? Well, a lot. When F1 threatened to ban exhaust-blown diffusers in June, Newey admitted that the change could "heavily" affect the team. It will be interesting to see what tricks Newey pulls out for the new season.