Allison: 2017 F1 regs pushing to make cars ‘unbelievably quick and beautiful’

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TURIN, Italy – Ferrari technical director James Allison is confident that the revised technical regulations for the 2017 Formula 1 season will result in better-looking cars.

Efforts have been made in recent years to make F1 cars more aesthetically pleasing, notably to remove the protruding noses many ran with in 2014.

Speaking at the FIA Sport Conference in Turin, Allison said that while all teams strive to build a good-looking car, the priority remains producing the quickest design.

“Formula 1 teams focus completely on function over form and what it ends up looking like is just what it ends up looking like,” Allison said.

“However, all of us – or at least the vast majority of us – want our product to be beautiful and therefore we want regulations that inherently make the cars beautiful, so that when we set out to focus on function only, the regulations naturally produce beautiful cars.”

Allison believes that the 2017 regulations have been written in such a way that they will foster better-looking cars, as well as being quicker than the current 2016 field.

“We’ve made a little bit of a step forward to get rid of the horrible looking noses of a couple of years ago and next year’s regulations are a very conscious effort to try to make the cars both unbelievably quick and also beautiful,” Allison said.

“The proportions of next year’s cars are very appealing.

“For those of us who are lucky enough to be seeing them as they get created, they look nice.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them racing.”