While the air intake on the RB18 remains the same at the front, a new shape catches the eye behind it, splitting the sidepod into two smooth stages, allowing air to flow downwards and outwards. All in all, the carbon shell is much tighter and is more strongly shaped towards the back, the front part of the side box protrudes more clearly in front of it and then winds down.
The undercut part was also widened and drawn more around the flank. This makes the underbody even more exposed and the airflow that flows around the car in this section can be directed even more towards the rear wheels, the diffuser roof and the bottleneck area at the rear to increase aerodynamic efficiency.
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“We’re confident that he’ll be fit again next week, he’s already feeling better,” reports team boss Andreas Seidl. If Ricciardo were to drop out, according to the German, an agreement with engine partner Mercedes would apply, with which McLaren would share the reserve drivers (and Formula E drivers) Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries. Another alternative would be Paul di Resta. Ricciardo’s teammate Lando Norris completed the last day of testing in Bahrain in a manner befitting his status.