Red Bull tried to stop F1’s new rules from allowing teams to run shark fins, Christian Horner has revealed.
The vertical engine cover extensions, which were seen on F1 cars until 2011 when they were banned, have reappeared on this year’s cars and met with criticism on aesthetic grounds.
The Red Bull team principal believes they spoil the look of the new 2017 machines. “I think the cars look fantastic,” he said. “The only thing which lets them down is the shark fins, proportionally.”
“It’s something that we raised at a Formula One Strategy Group meeting last year to ask the teams to remove them to reinstate the because it’s obviously pretty marginal on performance gain that they offer. In the interests of aesthetics it was asked that they be removed.”
“That went to the Formula One Commission and unfortunately was immediately rejected by the majority of teams.”
Horner wants to reinstate the rule banning them for next season.
“Hopefully it’s something that can be addressed for next year,” he said. “Because the cars look great, it’s just a shame that this shark fin has crept in through another loophole in the regulations.”
“If you ask our aerodynamicists they’d like to retain it,” he admitted. “But I think from an aesthetic point of view the cars would look more attractive without it.”
Horner added there was one other feature on the 2017 F1 grid he doesn’t like the look of. “Apart from the McLaren colour scheme, everything looks great,” he said. “I think Ron [Dennis] must be going mad.”
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