For all the controversy that engulfed Red Bull Racing over the re-allocation of its last upgraded front wing to Sebastian Vettel's car, the British Grand Prix was a great weekend for the team.
Heading to Silverstone, the talk was of how McLaren's exhaust-blown diffuser upgrade would allow it to leapfrog the energy drink-fuelled team. It wasn't to be. Come Friday night, the diffuser upgrade had been revealed to provide little more than hot air, for now at least, and Red Bull was already well on its way to a fifth win of the season.
But that's not the end of the story. Exhaust-blown diffusers are tricky to get the best out of, especially when grafted onto a car mid-season, and McLaren will run its system again in Friday practice at Hockenheim. A decision will then be made whether to run it for the rest of the weekend, based on data compared to the performance of the old-specification car, which will also run. Chances are, the smoother track surface at Hockenheim will make life much easier for McLaren, and we will see whether it really has closed the gap.
As for Red Bull, there will be the usual raft of upgrades, some of which will inevitably arrive post haste in a Transit van a few moments before qualifying! But that doesn't necessarily mean that it'll be another Scuderia Milton Keynes walkover.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.