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Renault R26 - suspension geometry 19 October 2006

On the surface the R26's geometry looks little different to that of its Ferrari rival, at least in terms of its centre of roll position, due to similar positioning of the suspension's pick-up points. What differs is the respective lengths of the upper and lower wishbones and the average camber angle used. That angle is clearly higher than that on the Ferrari, due to the fact that the shoulders of the Renault's Michelin tyres are reportedly less flexible than the Italian car's Bridgestones. This in theory means more lateral sliding in the corners, quickly increasing the temperature in the tyre's contact patch. This means the Renault could be more susceptible to graining in the early laps on fresh tyres and blistering towards the end of a stint.