Brawn frustrated by teams' stance on shark fins

Formula One's new managing director of motorsport believes this year's offerings don't meet the new requirement for "nicer looking cars".

by F1i
18th March 2017

article:18th March 2017

Formula 1’s new managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn is frustrated by the ‘shark fins’ on this year’s cars.

Brawn previously said that he wanted to review the new regulations that allowed the extra bit of bodywork. However, it would take unanimous approval from teams to revise the rules before the start of the season, and that’s not going to happen.

“Part of the sales pitch for these new rules was nicer looking cars,” Brawn told Autosport magazine this week.

“We’ve only half achieved that haven’t we, because we’ve got all these oddities – shark fins and T-wings and more bits.

“That’s understandable with a new set of rules. But the next iteration has got to make sure that we don’t, even if it’s only for aesthetics.”

Brawn added that the current situation was particularly frustrating given that teams had previously rejected the idea of shark fins when proposed by FIA president Jean Todt.

“Todt has had this bee in his bonnet, which is valid in a way, to put the number on the side of the car so that the fan in the grandstand can see what car he’s looking at,

“Not every fan is knowledgeable enough to recognise the helmet and all the rest of it,” he pointed out.

“We came up with the shark fin, because that was the easy addition to put a big number on,” he continued. “And half of the teams said we’re not going to have that on our cars, that’s terrible.

“It was tested. We had photographs and everything, and everyone said, ‘that’s horrible, we don’t want that.”