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FIA legalise 'finger' noses despite questions over safety

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The unsightly ‘finger’ noses will be here to stay in 2014 as the FIA holds off any potential changes until 2015.

Last week it was reported that a dispute between teams was brewing with all the teams with various designs pointing at each other about the legality of their cars, it is also understood that the governing body is unhappy with the ideas designers have come up with.

The whole saga is due to new aerodynamic regulations brought in for 2014 which dictate the tip of the noses have to be just 185mm from the ground, a third of the limit two years ago.

However, as designers have looked to gain performance from airflow under the car using the rear diffuser, teams up and down the grid have been using this 'finger' idea to try and maintain that key area where performance can be gained.

The new designs have been globally unpopular due to its resemblance to another part of the human body.

Despite the concerns over legality and safety, German publication Sport Bild has cited sources within the FIA claiming all the designs will be declared legal for this year and the matter will be looked at in 2015.

One team who have gone down the route is Caterham though their nose design has been likened to a shovel with the main monocoque seemingly placed on top of the nose.

Indeed their new driver, the ever popular Kamui Kobayashi admitted: “It may  not look very good but it feels good, especially because as the driver I cannot see the nose!”

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