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Williams first to reveal the weird noses we will have to learn to love in 2014
Posted By: James Allen  |  23 Jan 2014   |  11:00 am GMT  |  274 comments

There has been a lot of talk about the “ugliness” of the new F1 cars, especially with the “proboscis” noses which the teams have arrived at due to the regulations.

And today Williams revealed its new challenger in all its glory, with the new nose in full display.

It is a very different look from the past and it’s hard to find positives about it. It will be interesting to measure fan reaction to this latest unfortunate move by the sport, but like all changes the initial reaction will probably be the strongest.

As for the car itself and the challenges of 2014, Williams Technical director Pat Symonds said,”F1 is still going to be an aerodynamic formula in 2014. There are some significant changes: the nose is lower than last year and the front wing is narrower, which means the end plates are now more shrouded by the front tyre. The rear wing isn’t as deep as last year and the beam wing below it is no longer permitted, and we’ve also lost the ability to use the exhaust to enhance aero performance.”

* F1 teams and power brokers have left in place the controversial rule awarding double points in the final race. The rule appears in the 2014 F1 Sporting Regulations and after a meeting yesterday in Geneva of the teams, FIA president Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone, whose idea it was, there was no move to abandon it, as had been mooted.

Reaction from fans and from many F1 insiders and other GP promoters has been very negative, but despite this, the sport is ploughing on with the idea.

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Yawn, looks like an F1 car to me.


I’m fighting the urge to run up to it with a tissue and shout, blow!


I wonder if we’ll see a new ‘tactic’ in driving. With this shape there could be a few friendly pushes of the car infront on lap 1, perhaps without any front wing damage.

Intentional or not it could alter the outcome of these light brushes, thinking Alonso on Vettel at the start of Malaysia. With this nose it may have just been a few scratches but no wing loss for Fernando and an oversteer moment for Seb.


Everybody is commenting on the look of the 2014 F1 cars but I think the biggest loss will be the sound of normally aspirated power units. I appreciate Turbo engines are manufacturer preferred , but not in F1


Some have commented on the Formula Phallic look. Others are more aero-anteater antagonists. Still others with very blurry internet connections seem to like it.

To me, the new Williams looks like an ugly nose with blue snot dripping, drooping and drooling onto the front embarrassment section of the car.

I would hope that the FIA, FOM and teams would be embarrassed by this pathetic regulation. They all knew months ago how hideous it would be. It’s a direct result of trying to preserve maximum aero for the high tub. Dozens of better ways to regulate safer noses without sticking these pointy carbon fiber snouts into our eyes for an entire season.

There is just too much money in F1 for it to be bothered being embarrassed about anything. However, as a lifetime F1 fan, I’m very embarrassed today, to mention that I’m a fan of this snot-nosed series. Time for me to find another series that can package design art and performance with a smattering of common sense in sporting regulations. Is that asking so much?


The 2020 regs will be no driver, remote control from the pits via the sim.


Did you know that both Ferrari and Lambo used by Justin Bieber in the street race that ultimately sent him to jail belongs to Felipe Massa?


Much better than the stepped nose, bit tinnie winnie though. But I don’t think all will look like Williams, others I’m guessing will be more like Brawn GP?. As usual we’ll get used to it once the races begin. Am just hoping for closer racing this season, will it happen? I think and hope so.


I think the problem is that you have thick nose, thick nose, and then skinny nose. If you look at the 2007 Mclaren, it had a nose that slowly became skinnier as you got to the front.


Let’s see ……. New cars that are downright ugly. New engines (or whatever they call them now) that will likely reduce a lot of the “audio atmosphere” of F1. Idiotic double points for the last race. Tires that degrade so fast that tire management has replaced racing as the key to winning. Yes, that’s F1 as it is today. I think I’ll see what else is on tv ……..


It’s frustrating how F1 is so out of touch with the fans on issues like this, probably too late to change the regs now

Too reactive instead of proactive!


The most attractive thing about an F1 car is what it is capable of.

I hope Team Willy finally have a good one.


I’ve read some of the comments and am amazed at the way so many people are so critical of the frontal treatment of the Williams! Personally, I find it quite acceptable. I’ve never really liked the trend towards the high noses that the drivers could barely see over and that probably contributed to many of the front end contact accidents that kept occuring and stuffing people’s races, and they were also level with the drivers’ neck, and in a “T bone” situation who knows what might’ve happened! Anyway I’m looking forward to the racing, and following the technical developements as the season progresses.



I don’t think it’s that bad. Though I feel a more tapered nose like one of Neweys Mclarens would look better. Definitely not as bad as the stepped noses.

Either way, if the racing is good, I don’t think many will be thinking about the aesthetics. I know I won’t be 🙂


Well not nearly as bad as expected, though I’ll reserve judgement until I see real photos of all the cars soon.

Compared to the fat stepped nosed monstrosity of the Red Bull on the header of this site above, it looks better.


As already mentioned above, this condom nose opens up a lot of PR/sponsorship possilibities: Durex McLaren Honda, etc.. You can even paint the nose as one giant condom, à la Jordan shark nose circa 1998 (I think). From this, you can get Playboy or other funny companies involved in F1 sponsorship, drivers doing bondage sessions in Japan in preparation for the Grand Prix, a more explicit James Hunt movie perhaps?

Dunno, geniuses who came up with this set of idiotic rules will probably get a promotion – as it normally happens.

Deez iz schlock, rubbish instead of professional racing.

Probably won’t look too shocking in real life when you’re in the grandstands, mais donc, it is a terrible design. I’d rather go with IndyCar or WSR type of racing cars; feel sorry for F1 drivers – now everyone will be poking fun at them for driving a condom on wheels.


I think it looks good. It looks aerodynamic, aggressive . It looks like a racing car more so than the last generation of cars imo.

Pity they never went with the low profile tyres.


EVERY car in 2014 is going to look like this by the way – it was flagged publicly in autosport by multiple designers before last season even finished…. Prepare yourselves


C’mon people, F1 cars have been ugly for a very long time. Last year’s, with that huge front wing and the high nose were probably the ugliest ever.

I personally think the best looking F1 cars were the mid 50’s and then the 1967 – 1968 cars, before the wings got out of control.


Double points, ugly cars, endurance style regulations – I am not paying to watch F1 in 2014. I am just gonna come to James Allen F1 to read all the tears about another boring season.


Streaming for past two years. As you mentioned, it’s not worth paying to watch the Pirelli & Co. circus.

But still need to cheer for fav driver! 🙂


Full frontal nudity!


The nose sort of reminds me of this..


Yep 🙂


The 2014 F1 car looks very similar to 2004 F1 car. If the regulation allowed the designers to come out with slightly wider in the nose region it would have been very close to 2006 Mclaren. Overall the car is ok. Just hope regulations gives very close racing. If the top 3 teams get the car with in .200 sec of each other. Let the drivers do the talking who ever pushes to the limits of the car to get pole and more intriguing race pace fingers crossed.


It’s looks fine and anyway who cares what it looks like, the big unknown is, will it be fast and reliable.

Anyway all I want is 20 racing cars swapping places throughout a Grand Prix. For elegance and beauty I wouldn’t go to a motor race.

Best of luck to all at Williams F1.


The nose reminds me of a creature from the Alien movies!

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