|2014 Williams FW36 CGI preview (testing livery)|
So, that nose then. Let's just say it, shall we? It looks like a flacid penis. The reason for this - and don't worry, there is a reason - is that new aero regulations stipulate a nose whose tip is just 185mm off the ground, as opposed to being about 525mm high last year. However, because F1 teams know that getting air underneath the nose means that they can channel more air to the diffuser, they've exploited a loophole that says the nose tip only has to be a certain width. So, as the nose rises up from the tip, they only have to make it that width, meaning that most of the air flows right past the lowest part and under the main front chassis, giving them more air to control than if they'd just made the whole nose the same width à la Brawn GP.
|I wonder if the nose flexes upwards when there's a grid girl nearby?|
But anyway, here it is from the side, and head-on. The car will gain a proper livery at the Australian Grand Prix in March, where it'll be piloted by Felipe Massa (because Williams is where Brazilians go to finish their F1 careers) and Valtteri Bottas.
|Hey, you can't see the weird nose shape from this angle!|