Ferrari have revealed that they may not use their radical nose cone in all races this season. The new nose cone was one of the worst kept secrets in Formula One this season however it has been a good concept for the team who raced with it for the first time on Sunday, taking both first and second spots at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Despite the initial success of the design, team principal Stefano Domenicali has revealed that for the faster F1 circuits, the team may revert back to their old nose cone design.
“We still have to evaluate it,â€ he began. “On this type of track, as far as the balance of the car is concerned, it was fundamental together with the rest of the package. But I can t say that we will use it everywhere. In theory, medium-quick circuits like this one are the ones where we can really use it; the super-quick ones are in doubt – we ll have to evaluate that.â€
Meanwhile, Ferrari s technical director Aldo Costa has said he is pleased with how the nose cone performed. In an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport he said, “There are reasons to be pleased with the performance of the car across the weekend. The developments have been positive and in our programs, we plan to launch new ones race after race.
“There will be some new ones in a fortnight s time in Turkey too they will concern the aerodynamics and they will be visible, just like this hole. We won t be plugging this hole for a while at least we would be crazy with the results it is giving us!â€
It appears that Ferrari s new nose cone has attracted the attention of their rivals with rumours that BMW Sauber will be attempted to create their own version and put it through it s paces in their Hinwil wind tunnel. “I am almost certain that it would also work on some of the other cars so we will have a look,â€ explained BMW s technical director Willy Rampf.