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.”
In a segment sponsored by Mobil 1 , former team owner turned TV pundit Eddie Jordan gives his preview of the 2017 Formula 1 season.
The always outspoken and colorful Jordan, who tells us what he would have done about Lewis Hamilton’s antics in Abu Dhabi last year, is once again included in Britain’s Channel 4 support cast for this year’s coverage of the F1 world championship.
The talking head will appear alongside David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Susie Wolff, Lee MacKenzie and Karun Chandok.
Niki Lauda says he has been impressed with how Mercedes’ new recruit Valtteri Bottas has settled in so far with the German squad.
The team’s non-executive chairman believes the Finn is still behind Lewis Hamilton in terms of outright speed but his faculty of adaptation has pleased the F1 legend.
“My first impression is very good,” Lauda told Austrian broadcaster ORF.
“He is a Finn so he doesn’t talk much, but he works hard to get used to the team. I’m impressed how quickly he could get used to the car.”
The relationship between Bottas and his triple world champion team mate is also off to a good start but that could change warns Lauda if the performance gap between the two men closes.
“Now, at the beginning, everything is simple,” said Lauda.
“Lewis has everything in his hands and Bottas is getting used to the team.
“Now we wait for the first races to see how they get along, what the gaps are and how everything develops.
“We don’t know this yet,” he admitted.