James Allison: “We got a nice clutch of Red Bull imagery”

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James Allison says Mercedes’ aerodynamicists have been provided with “a nice clutch of Red Bull imagery” to “see if we can pick out details that will be of interest to us”.

When Sergio Perez crashed in the opening stages of Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying, his Red Bull was lifted high in the air while it was being removed via crane, and this allowed photographers to take numerous photos of its floor.

In Mercedes’ post-race debrief, technical boss James Allison said his team will definitely be taking a look at the imagery.

“Well, certainly it always attracts a lot of interest,” the Briton said.

“There’s a lot of scurrying around with team cameramen, not just to rely on the TV pictures which are low resolution and not good enough grade.

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“Photographers are positioned at strategic parts of the track where there’s a likelihood that the cranes will be brought into play, and they’re there clicking away furiously and then our inbox is subsequently filled with the high-res images of other cars.

“Sadly, our own car had its trip into the heavens this weekend. There’ll be plenty of photos in our competitors’ inboxes from that, but yes, we got a nice clutch of Red Bull imagery.

“And that’s always a good thing for our aerodynamicists to pore over and see if we can pick out details that will be of interest to us in our ongoing test programme,” Allison concluded.

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