FIA bombarded by Lotus double prong nose legality queries

Lotus E22 front end

Lotus E22 front end

Formula 1′s governing body was bombarded with messages from rival teams after Lotus revealed the first photo of its unique nose solution for 2014.

The front of the unlaunched E22, which will not be present throughout the opening winter test at Jerez this week, has been likened to a ‘forklift’ or a ‘tuning fork’, with assymetrical twin tusks.

So as Toro Rosso lifted the veil on its STR9 at Jerez on Monday, triggering sniggers from the assembled crowd due to the phallic resemblance of its nose, technical boss James Key was asked if anything else he has seen so far raises alarm bells when it comes to legality.

“Apart from the Lotus nose, no,” he said. “The Lotus nose needs a bit of clarification. It’s a very clever idea. I don’t think it’s illegal, it just whether it’s in the spirit of the regulations.”

The ‘spirit’ of the rules is always a controversial point to raise. In the case of the Lotus, the regulations envisage only one nose tip, but it is believed the E22 designers have found a loophole by placing the crash structure in one tip only.

The slightly shorter tip is simply a quirk to satisfy the precise wording of the regulations.

“All the teams are now looking in this direction,” confessed Pat Symonds, Williams‘ technical chief, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

“For testing, the nose is not the decisive detail,” he explained. “Everyone just wants to get going and then explore the aerodynamic limits later on.”

Red Bull‘s World Champion Sebastian Vettel, at Jerez to test the so far unseen RB10, said: “Our new car looks better than anything I’ve seen so far.”

Many believe that Ferrari‘s low and wide nose is the prettiest solution seen so far, with Toro Rosso’s Key agreeing that the Maranello team has presented something “fundamentally different”.

“But I do expect to see some changes right up until the season starts, and then within the season itself,” he said.

“In all areas, we have decicated ourselves to having maximum flexibility.”

Not surprisingly, the FIA’s Charlie Whiting is at Jerez to keep an eye on how the teams have interpreted the sport’s all-new rules. (GMM)

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  • RBC

    Great was to keep costs down. Make all the teams spend millions changing their aerodynamics during the season due to new rules.

  • Peter

    You can not save money without investing at the first place. Any way, it might stop RB dominance, that why i like it.

  • torque

    Let the whining begin.

  • boycottthebull

    Bombarded by queries about the legality of Lotus’ nose….. what a load of BS. He even admits it is legal but not in the spirit? Its either legal or its not. I didnt hear complaints from Toro Rossi when Newey in the sister team was always pushing the boundaries. This guy is just a whiner as he put one of the bigger phalaces on the front of their car making them look foolish. Betcha if TR can copy Lotus they will.

  • Geo. Rudding

    Ferraris “limp dick” is the prettiest of them all. You´re crazy.

  • kkiwi54

    “duel nose”? They’ll be doing some fighting with it then will they;-)
    (I presume the word should be “dual”)