Whiting indicates step-nose cars to be no more after 2012

Charlie Whiting (GBR) FIA Delegate. Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday 14 March 2012.Jul.11 (GMM) FIA’s top F1 official, Charlie Whiting, has indicated that ‘stepped noses’ will disappear at the end of the 2012 F1 world championship season.

The issue of the questionable aesthetics of this year’s field returned to the headlines this week when Lewis Hamilton wondered if McLaren took the wrong path with the sleeker design of its struggling MP4-27.

“Just look at them (the 2012 cars) and ours looks different from the others,” he said after Silverstone.

“That’s a significant difference,” Hamilton added, “(although) it’s too big a change (for McLaren to make) for this season.”

But Brazilian correspondent Livio Oricchio has revealed that Whiting is looking into tweaking the rule that led to the prevalence of stepped noses this season.

“The FIA is aware of the dissatisfaction of the fans in relation to the appearance of this year’s cars,” Whiting told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper.

  • Speedo

    Why should he go and do that. Only the McLaren seem to be not having it.

  • McLaren Fan

    It was stated after the first cars were seen that they may well get rid of the step so this is nothing new.

    The public think the noses of the cars are not F1.
    Fans around the world feel that an F1 car should be a thing of beauty as do the FIA. They were horrified when the first cars were revealed and the noses looked so ugly.

  • Jody Renza

    The new nose-job was really ugly..that will be great to have nice(r) looking cars..This the same with Turbo-cars in 2014?

  • Joe Kinnear

    So FIA’s changing the rules again just because one team is struggling (coz they’re not using the step nose)?

    So while you’re at it, why not be fair and just let Lotus use their active suspension?

    Just stick to the rules FIA, be consistent.