‘Unpopular’ F1 shark fins set to be addressed despite support from teams

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Formula 1’s sporting managing director Ross Brawn says he plans to address the ‘shark fins’ that have appeared on cars ahead of the 2017 season despite teams backing their usage.

Barcelona hosted F1’s first collective test running in 2017 earlier this week as teams got a chance to complete laps with their new-look cars following an overhaul of the technical regulations.

One consequence of the technical changes has been the appearance of shark fin engine covers, which have been met with a negative response from fans, but Brawn is looking to address them.

“As always with new regulations, there are a few little hiccups,” Brawn told the official F1 app.

“We’ve got the unpopular shark fin on the back. I think in time we need to address those.

“Part of the objective of the new rules was to make more exciting-looking cars. We don’t want to spoil it with peripheral bits that take away from that.

“But that’s normal with new regs.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner revealed in Barcelona that he was pushing to ban shark fins when the new regulations were discussed last year, only for the majority of teams to support their usage.

“I think the cars look fantastic, the only thing that lets them down is the shark fins, proportionally,” Horner told reporters.

“It’s something that we raised at a Formula 1 Strategy Group meeting last year, to ask that all teams remove them because it is pretty marginal the performance gain that they offer.

“In the interest of aesthetics it was requested that they be removed. That went to the Formula 1 Commission and unfortunately was immediately rejected by the majority of teams.

“Hopefully it’s something that can be addressed for next year because I think the cars look great, it’s just a shame that this shark fin has crept in again through another loophole in the regulations.”