The new-concept front wing that caused such controversy at last weekend's British Grand Prix featured design elements first developed by the Force India team, according to a report by Italy's Autosprint magazine.
Most F1 cars this year have the mandatory front camera pods mounted on either side of the nose, but the new Red Bull wing featured the cameras just above the main front wing element, located between the wing supports under the nose. Although Force India's camera mountings appeared conventional at the British GP, Autosprint claims the new Red Bull wing raced by Sebastian Vettel was based on the Silverstone-based team's original concept. The distinguishing features of the wing, compared with the older-specification fitted to winner Mark Webber's car in qualifying and the race, was an extra flick on the endplates and the camera mountings.
Team boss Christian Horner says the new wing was not necessarily faster, but offers "a new direction to look at."