|Images from F1 Fanatic/Williams|
However, like almost all of the cars last year, the FW36 had a phallic nose. Not the worst, but not ideal in any case. The rule-makers noticed the ridicule and have attempted to fix the problem with a new set of nose regulations that state:
- The nose tip cross section is limited to 9,000mm², the same as 2014
- The nose must sit 135mm-220mm above the floor, lower than last season
- The tip must be no wider than 140mm
- The nose must widen to a second cross section 150mm behind the tip, which itself must be no less than 20,000mm²
- The maximum width is 330mm at this second cross-section
- Both cross sections have to be symmetrical about the centre line (unlike last year's Lotus forklift)
- The remaining length of the nose going back towards the chassis must have a tapering cross section (it must get wider from tip to chassis)
- The nose tip will have to start about halfway along the front wing (unlike last year's Mercedes, where it started slightly behind the front wing)
The 2015 Williams-Mercedes FW37 (right of image) shows us the result.
|Don't laugh, it's cold in January|
Maybe when reserve driver Susie Wolff is nearby, it transforms into a 2014-spec nose? Wouldn't that count as active aero?
|No, your car is not as cool as this. Even other F1 cars aren't as cool as this. Deal with it.|
Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will pilot the coolest car on the grid, with Susie Wolff getting a chance to show us that she's more than just a novelty who's married her way into F1 despite never winning a single high-end motor race ever. In DTM she only managed a couple of 7th place finishes in seven years. How is she more worthy of that seat than GP2 champions and runners up, regardless of gender? You have to wonder. Still, if she can match the other two in terms of speed and consistency, there will be slightly less grounds to complain. Slightly.