Lowe: New noses a boost for driver safety

Friday 7th February 2014

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Lowe: New noses a boost for driver safety

Lowe: New noses a boost for driver safety

Contrary to claims that the lower noses on the 2014 Formula One cars could cause them to 'submarine', Mercedes chief Paddy Lowe believes the new designs will increase driver safety.

Previously, Red Bull technical boss Adrian Newey suggested that the low noses could lead to situations where drivers are forced underneath a car during impact.

"If you hit the back of the car square on, then you go underneath it and end up under the rear crash structure, which I think is a much worse scenario," Newey said ahead of last week's pre-season test om Jerez.

Lowe, however, doesn't share Newey's fears and believes that the reduced chance of the cars being launched in the air far outweighs the disadvantages of the designs.

"It's something that has been discussed and studied a lot by the TWG [Technical Working Group] over the years, but mainly by the guidance of the FIA Institute who do a lot of research in this area," Lowe explained.

"So they are the ones that have come up with the recommendation that the low nose is the best solution, the best compromise for the range of different types of accident that a car can experience.

"There is no one perfect solution to every single type of impact, but we need to consider impacts of all kinds of directions around other cars, particularly with an impact into a rear tyre as we saw with Mark Webber in Valencia where the launch is the real risk.

"That is particularly one where the low nose is very helpful. So the analysis and research has been that this is the best compromise and I respect that, with something that has been worked through thoroughly by the TWG."

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