2014 F1 runner-up Red Bull Racing hints that they could switch to a short Williams-style nose this season as F1 teams continue to hunt for the best solution.
F1 2015 regulations included changes to the rules regarding nose design in order to avoid some of the ugly nose design which were seen 2014 F1 season.
But, there is still some variety in the designs revealed at the begin of this season, Williams opting for short noses with small expansion at tip, while the likes of McLaren and Ferrari have taken a different approach as their noses extend out ahead of the front wing.
Red Bull has assessed different solutions in Jerez, and has admitted that it is likely a switch of concept could happen.
“Of the few different noses we tried, it’s the one we like best at present,” chief engineering officer Rob Marshall told Autosport regarding the long nose used in Jerez pre-season testing.
“No doubt there’ll be other ones in the future, and I’m sure other teams will be preparing other noses, wings and god knows what else. What you see on the first day of the first test isn’t what we’ll always roll out later on.”
“We had a number of different options, and we started our crash testing programme a while ago,” he said.
“In truth, we got [to Jerez] by the skin of our teeth – not because our crash testing programme didn’t go very well, because it did – but because as usual we started on the design of the car very late.”
Williams technical director Pat Symonds expects that the longer solutions would provide less performance but were easier to execute ahead of pre-season testing.
“An awful lot of work had to go into the nose and the regulations at first appeared quite innocuous, but actually there’s a lot of work there,” he said.
“It’s the balance of getting a good aerodynamic solution with one that gets through the crash test as well. Our feeling was aerodynamically we wanted quite a short nose, but for an easy passage through the crash testing a long nose makes life a lot easier. So there was a fair bit of balancing to do there.
“I’m very pleased with the solution we’ve got. It’s a good one, it wasn’t easy to get through the crash test, but we did it and I think we’ve got one of the shortest nose out there which shows the quality of the design.”