FIA bans BMW's nose wings
|By Anthony Rowlinson||Tuesday, July 25th 2006, 11:50 GMT|
BMW-Sauber's innovative 'Twin Towers' nose wings have been outlawed by the FIA after the German squad raced with them at the French Grand Prix.
The wings, designed to improve airflow to the rear wing, were declared fit to race in the Magny-Cours race and rival teams admitted they would look into copying them for future races.
But the sport's governing body has determined that any object that may interfere with the driver's vision will be banned from now on.
In an advisory note to all teams last Sunday, seen by autosport.com, the FIA said: "In view of recent developments to bodywork forward of the cockpit opening on some cars, we have become concerned that these devices may impair the forward and/or lateral vision of the driver.
"Therefore, under Article 2.3 of the F1 Technical Regulations, unless any team concerned can clearly demonstrate to the satisfaction of the technical delegate and the stewards that their driver's vision is not impaired in any way by such devices, no bodywork higher than the top of the front roll structure will be permitted forward of it."
The statement in effect bans BMW's wing elements, although smaller parts such as antennae or pitot tubes are not affected.