Whiting: Cars could be ugly and odd

Sunday 19-January-2014 08:25

Expect to see a few "interesting" designs on the 2014 grid as the teams work in the new lower tip of the nose.

This year, for safety reasons, Formula One has lowered the tip of the nose by 300mm. This has resulted in what some reports are calling 'ant-eater noses' as the tip of the nose takes a sudden dip.

And although FIA race director Charlie Whiting isn't willing to give the game away, he admits some may not be happy with the look of the new cars.

"I can't give away too much obviously!" he told "But we've seen a lot of looks, strange by previous standards, particularly the tip of the nose which has to be 300mm lower (than 2013).

"So each team is doing their best to overcome the disadvantage aerodynamically of doing that, and so are coming out with different ideas.

"I think what you'll see is some interesting things which a lot of people will think are a little ugly a little odd. But I'm sure we'll all get used to it."

He added: "What we're seeing are these rather odd looking things and some nose tips that have to be a certain height which may not be the nose itself, but a separate fairing instead.

"They want as much clean air over the front wing (beneath the nose) as possible, but with the nose height coming down, I presume there's an unwanted aero interaction between the front wing and the new nose height. So they're doing their best to overcome that, whilst also satisfying the rules.

"It's all going to get very odd around here I think."

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