The technical tweaks that helped Red Bull dominate F1's Monaco GP

Red Bull arrived in Monaco with its best chance so far this season of a strong performance, with the circuit perfectly suited to its Formula 1 chassis/engine package

The technical tweaks that helped Red Bull dominate F1's Monaco GP

One important factor that would have boosted its confidence ahead of the event is the RB14's wheelbase, which is estimated to be at least 20cm shorter than Mercedes' - making it more agile around the tight and twisty street circuit.

On the back of a major update that arrived at the Spanish Grand Prix, Red Bull went even more aggressive with its downforce push for Monte Carlo.

Its changes included utilising a deep and high-angled rear wing, complete with four open-end style louvres, as well as a T-wing and monkey seat winglet.

This is the first time Red Bull has used a T-wing this season, with the team having been late to incorporate the part in 2017 when there was more freedom with its placement.

In order to get the best from the winglet under F1's 2018 restrictions, the inboard end is angled differently to the main profile, which creates an increase in downforce in its own right.

The monkey seat winglet has to abide by new-for-2018 regulations which means such appendages can only lie ahead of the exhaust's tip. This is so it cannot be influenced by exhaust blowing.

Red Bull's winglet is relatively simple and does not feature an aggressive camber angle, although it does feature endplates.

These alter the winglet's aspect ratio and increase its effect on the exhaust plume - improving its relationship with the rear wing.

These changes, in tandem with the largescale update at the previous round at Barcelona that included front wing, bargeboard, floor, sidepod and airbox changes, resulted in Red Bull being dominant in Monaco.

Daniel Ricciardo was quickest in every session and won the race, despite lacking around 160hp when his MGU-K failed early on.

That he was able to hold on was testament to the strengths of the Red Bull chassis, with which the team has made impressive progress in recent weeks.

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