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BMW Sauber set to lose vertical nose fins 25 Jul 2006

Jacques Villeneuve (CDN) BMW Sauber F1.06 tries the new BMW vertical wings and mid-wing. Formula One Testing, Day Four, Jerez, Spain, 7 July 2006. World ©  Hartley/Sutton.

BMW Sauber are expected to drop their unusual nose fins ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix after Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, expressed concerns over the safety of such devices.

The two fins - around 40cm high and mounted on the F1.06’s nosecone immediately above the front suspension - are designed to improve airflow to the rear of the car. They were tested by the team ahead of the last round in France and then raced at Magny-Cours after successfully passing scrutineering.

The innovative design immediately prompted questions concerning its effect on driver visibility and, with the prospect of other constructors introducing similar designs, the FIA has contacted the teams to inform them that any bodywork which may interfere with a driver’s vision will not be permitted.