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Scuderia Toro Rosso released their 2014 challenger called the STR9 today at Jerez and not shockingly, it has a large, drooping nose much like many of the other cars that will form the 2014 grid in formula 1.

The nose is an interpretation of the regulations by engineers who are keen to keep the nose high while the FIA are keen to keep the nose low. Imagine the outcome and you have the ‘anteater’ nose. While that nose may be unattractive, the drivers are excited about the new car:

Daniil Kvyat:

“I am very excited that I am about to start my first season in Formula 1. It will be a year of discovering many new things, which I expect will be very interesting. I can’t wait to actually start the driving part, the best part of my job. Six days of winter testing is not a lot and I will have to see how quickly I get used to the new car, which wasn’t a big issue when I drove the 2013 car. Being a rookie means there’s a steep learning curve, but the bright side of this year’s regulation change is that all the drivers will be getting used to a new way of driving, starting from zero. Anyway, I have always liked a big challenge. Physically, I feel ready after a good winter training programme, concentrating a bit on my neck muscles. The team hasn’t set me any specific targets, so its just a case of getting on top of my game as quickly as possible.”

Jean-Eric Vergne:

“This will be my third season in Formula 1 and I definitely feel better prepared than ever before. From what I have seen in the factory, the same applies to the team. Now we must make the most of winter testing and work hard to ensure that all our efforts pay off. I am confident we have what we need to do well. From a driver’s point of view, we will have a lot of new elements to understand and changes that will require us to adapt as quickly as possible. That will be one of the tasks for winter tests, so that we can make the most of the package available right from the first race. We will have to adopt a different style of driving, especially in the races, with this new power unit combined with the need to manage fuel, while the changes to the rule regarding levels of downforce will make the cars feel different, offering less grip, which will also take some getting used to. It’s going to be a fascinating start to the year.”

But team boss Franz Tost had another assessment of the car telling AUTOSPORT:

“I don’t like these noses, to be honest,” he told AUTOSPORT. “I think that this is not F1 like.

“This is how the engineers have found the best solution from the aerodynamic point of view, but I don’t think that these noses should have a big future.”

Let’s hope the FIA and teams can come to a better solution because quite honestly these noses look horrible. Formula 1 is supposed to be elegantly fast and these cars look as if they need a nose job or depending on how salacious you care to be, they can produce a few red faces when discussed due to their shape. As our own Mark McArdle (Fake Charlie Whiting) put it, It’s a boy!

toro Rosso STR9 nose c600

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  • gsprings

    as it should be, these guys should never design a car for good looks first

  • adaptable1

    If the STR9 is a boy… then the Lotus E22 is a girl?!

    • And if they come together ont eh track, they will have Red Loti.

      • adaptable1

        In Tijuana they call that a “donkey show”. If the Lotus runs mid pack, we’ll call it that in F1 too!

      • Rapierman

        Holy inappropriate, Batman!

        • dude

          It won’t be a problem if they use condoms. But if a team want to come first, then they shouldn’t need one.

  • Andreas

    I suspect the regs will be amended for 2015, requiring the full width of the nose to be at the specified height. Yes, the ant-eater noses will be hard to get used to – although as someone said, the fastest car will somehow always end up looking good… One good thing, though, is the diversity the new regs have created. It’s good to see different manufacturer’s cars looking distinctly different – just maybe not *this* different… :-)

  • StephenB

    Who’s going full masquerade and throwing an elephant nose on there by seasons end?

    • dude

      Ferrari already have one, its called the F14T.

  • peterriva

    Jimmy Durante would be very happy. Let’s call them schnozzes.
    That way when Maldonato t-bones someone we can avoid the phallic references and simply say “he schnozzled Fernando…”

  • Sure a lot of them are ugly… but hell Todd at least they all look different! You know whatever “remedy” the FIA comes up with will have only one efficient design and then all the cars are back to having parts that look exactly the same.

  • Joc_the_man

    F1 2014 is a farce. Silly nose cars with tiny turbo engines and electric cr-p motors with lawn-mower sound and our drivers focus on eco-drive and tyre management. My good! FIA heads really pulled it off, didn’t they. The sport will die because who will pay to watch this spectacle that are getting silly, real time. I stop now after 25+ years. Sad times :-(

  • The real source of the problem is the FIA over-regulating the car design. It’s a competition. There will be winners and there will be losers. Welcome to the real world, and if you’re on the losing end, get over it and do better next year. Many forms of motorsport including F1, IndyCar, sportscar, and rally, all were about innovation and pushing the limit of what was mechanical achievable. Somewhere along the way as we worried about cost containment, market share, ROI, and television ratings, we lost sight of why this sport was so attractive to so many fans and manufacturers in the first place. Give them a box that the car must fit into, and so much energy per grand prix and let the engineers and designers do what they do best. Let them innovate and find creative solutions. I’d be much happier with an ugly car if it was ugly for a legitimate engineering reason. These are ugly because of regulation-happy pencil-pushers.

    • Shocks & Awe

      Well said. +100.

  • Jack Flash (Aust)

    When I opened F1B website on broswer just now, all the advert widgets were pushing Plastic Surgery and Rhinoplasty services… LoL.

    • Rapierman

      Somehow, I don’t think plastic surgery is going to help this situation. ;-)

  • Tom

    F1 can’t afford a nose job, it just blew all its money on a penis enlargement…

  • Shocks & Awe

    2014 – F1’s Year of the Single Seater Anteater. Or Antseater, for short.

    Hey Ant!