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2006 trends - front sidepod shields 13 December 2006

Honda (right), or rather BAR, were the first team to introduce their distinctive 'shields' back in 2005. Designed to raise downforce and improve airflow to the rear of the car, they were developed significantly by the Japanese team in 2006, peaking in size at the Canadian Grand Prix. Renault (bottom left) introduced their version at the same race, while Ferrari (top left) followed the trend closely towards the end of the season. After continuous development of this area of the car, with multiple barge-board configurations, the Italian team adopted a very similar device in China.