Row brewing over new anteater style Formula 1 nosecone solutions


Variety of F1 nosecones seen in the Jerez pitlane

The FIA is reportedly unhappy with some of the Formula 1 anteater style nose solutions that have appeared on the first edition of new 2014 cars, as seen during the first pre-season tests in Spain.

Sport Bild reported from Jerez that a major row is brewing, after top teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull unveiled cars with largely conventional low noses for the new season.

But other teams, notably Force India and Toro Rosso and co, have been attracting phallic descriptions of their ‘anteater’ thin noses.

Those with the more conventional noses argue that, while the thin noses may comply with the letter of the regulations, they pose a spear-like danger to rival cars in collisions.

Sport Bild said that the top three teams want the FIA to re-write the rules to disallow the narrower noses on safety grounds.

Jean Todt

Jean Todt

The publication said, however, that it knows that FIA president Jean Todt is preparing to take the small teams’ side.

Auto Motor und Sport, on the other hand, said that the governing body has launched an investigation, aiming to conclude whether some teams have “gone too far” with their 2014 noses.

The report also said that even the low-nosed Red Bull and Mercedes teams are being put under the microscope, since the very tips of the noses are almost paper-thin, with the actual crash structure located much further back — and higher, contrary to the intention of the new rules.

“This fills the letter but not the spirit of the regulations,” an FIA source was quoted. (GMM)

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  • Boycottthebull

    Its the pesky “spirit” of the law again! Who ya gonna call? The giant marshmallow monster the FIA?

  • torque

    The FIA is reportedly unhappy with some of the Formula 1 anteater style nose solutions that have appeared on the first edition of new 2014 cars, a seen during the first preseason tests in Spain.

    This has nothing to do with anything other than ugliness of the cars, the fia should have known what would happen before it did and now their crying about it, so let’s make the teams re-design their cars at a huge cost, what a joke. Hopefully Todt will support the smaller teams like the article says.

    It would be nice to see a photo finish to a race and hear that team x won by a dick, I mean nose.

  • RBC

    The FIA create the rules, the teams spend millions to meet those rules, then the FIA change the rules. And they blame the teams. This costs millions more.

    Last year Mercedes asked the FIA if they could do a Pirelli test, they were told by the FIA that it was legal. Then they did the test with F1 cars with “Mercedes” written down the side, so making no effort to hide the test from anyone. Then the FIA take them to court for breaking the rules.

    And Red Bull break the letter and the spirit of the rules for 4 years and NOTHING happens to them. That is the real joke.

  • Colin

    The so called “spirit of the law” is a cop out to cover up the inept fools who draft the regulations. They are so short sighted and they should be sacked. Anyone can see the pointed noses are dangerous as they will concentrate all the energy into a small area like a spear in intended to do, so sadly it’s another error by the so called elite. Let my 10 year old son issue the regs, he will do a much better job!

  • Steve W

    Curious how a team, can “go too far” with something that is within the rules… And besides, what is the “spirit” of the rules anyway? Can someone define what that is?

  • Spartacus

    All the noses have passed the FIA regulatory tests. Therefore they’re legal. If there’s a problem then it’s the FIA’s regulations.