Step nose fix will not be mandatory for 2013

Jul.13 (GMM) Formula One fans might need to get used to the unseemly sight of this year’s ‘stepped noses’.

Earlier this week, we reported FIA race director Charlie Whiting’s quote that he is “aware of the dissatisfaction of the fans” about the questionable physical appearance of the field of 2012.

With the exception of McLaren and Marussia, every car on the grid this year features an odd ‘step’ in the nose profile; the result of a safety regulation compromise.

But although Whiting has discussed the situation with team technical directors, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that the proposed solution for 2013 will not be mandatory.

Rather, teams will be allowed to smooth the ‘step’ with what the German publication refers to as a “structurally irrelevant” covering or layer.

However, the report by journalist Tobias Gruner insisted that there is no guarantee the teams will actually take the bait.

“Most probably we have to get used to the step,” Sauber designer Matt Morris agreed. “I assume they will stay just the same for next season.”

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  • McLaren Fan

    Well lets be honest they are not going to change the nose for appearance as the extra material will be weight even if it is just an ounce.
    so Charlie we are stuck with platypus nose type design in to the 2013 field.

  • Anthony

    The stepped nose doesn’t bother me anymore. Initially I thought it was ugly, but I don’t even notice it anymore.

  • Evel

    I don’t know why there is such a fuss about the stepped noses.
    I love the fact that the cars are always changing, it would be boring if they looked the same year after year.