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2014-05-06 10:02

NOSE JOB FOR MCLAREN? McLaren (top) could adopt the ‘double-pronged’ nose used by Lotus at the 2014 Spanish GP on May 11. Image: AFP


Only a couple of months to the usual Melbourne start of the 2014 Formula 1 racing season and the teams are exposing their new cars to the media. Ferrari showed their cars on January 25 and startled by apparently swimming against the stream with a dolphin nose.

LONDON, England - McLaren could fit a Lotus-style “double-pronged” nose solution to its 2014 car at this weekend's 2014 Spanish Formula 1 GP (May 9-11).

After a notable dip in form, AFP reports that bosses Eric Boullier and Jonathan Neale have recently overseen a raft of new signings.

Dan Fallows' aborted move from Red Bull is now the subject of a legal dispute but Peter Prodromou will definitely join in 2015 and AFP claims other prominent F1 aerodynamicists, Sauber's Tony Salter and Lotus' Guillaume Cattelani, have been signed by McLaren.


Boullier said: "McLaren is composed of brilliant individuals, been winning many races and has been fighting for championships. I think it is just to make sure that the same people are working together in one way with strong leadership, strong guidance and at least it will help them to recover their past success."

Now international publications Omnicorse and Speed Week report that McLaren's 2014 car could be set for a dramatic aerodynamic turn in Barcelona.

Earlier in 2014, Williams' Pat Symonds said he suspected other teams would be looking into designing a version of the innovative asymmetrical nose at the front of the 2014 Lotus.

Symonds said: "Lotus has been haemorrhaging employees from all departments over the previous few months so I think all the teams had an idea of where they were going," he said.

"We have also looked at several interpretations (of the double nose but some of them simply did not fit with our car."

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