Ten lessons from F1's first test
Everything you need to know about this year’s crop of F1 cars from Jerez
Posted: 03 Feb 2014
The reason this year's cars (the Mercedes, possibly the Ferrari and the McLaren excepted) looked so darn ugly is safety, yes? The FIA doesn't want one car nudging another up and into the air, or T-boning another above the sidepod. Fair enough, but we are pretty certain the rules didn't need to prescribe the probosci blighting this year's cars.
Now we hear the FIA is uncertain the things even do the job they were designed for, with letters going out to all the teams asking to see the data on the integrity of the nose sections. Noses don't get crash tested, remember, only the monocoque, and the fear is that while the nose extensions meet the dimensional regulations, they lack any strength. Race stewards can exclude any car they consider unsafe, no matter what it says in the rulebook.