FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting says rule makers at the governing body will ensure new rules in 2015 will prohibit the controversial nose designs set to be used in 2014.
Everyone if the F1 family whether it is fans, drivers and engineers have admitted they are concerned about the aesthetics of the 2014 cars as new limits on the height of the front nose has come into effect.
This year the tip of the nose has to be within 185mm of the ground, one-third the height allowed just two years ago.
However the width of the tip has been the area designers have exploited when meeting to the new regulations. As a result the ‘anteater’ or ‘finger’ nose as they are more commonly called has been used on most cars.
Two other variations have also been created with Caterham developing what has been dubbed a ‘double-nose’ with the top section seemingly placed on top of the lower part which then runs to the tip, while Lotus has incorporated a ‘tuning fork’ or ‘twin-tusk’ nose which sees two separate tips with one slightly shorter than the other.
All of these designs have been declared legal by Whiting for 2014, as they indeed conform with the new rules, however, he is less sure whether they meet with the ‘spirit’ of the rules.
“As rule makers, we cannot get into how the nose looks aesthetically,” he told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.
“What concerns us is whether they fulfil the purpose that we intended with these rules."
The FIA does have some concerns over the safety of the designs, however, having all passed the official crash tests set by the FIA there is little Whiting can do.
“Unless it’s dangerous, we have to live with how they look,” he said.
“We acted in good faith, but we are not designers. They want as much air as possible under the car.”
The FIA has already come up with the likely rule changes they will implement next year.
Whiting added that from next year all noses will need to be ‘symmetrical’ which will prohibit the Lotus design, as well as restrictions on how quickly a nose can change width in a bid to prevent the “radical transitions” seen on the 2014 cars.
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