There has been a lot of focus on the unveiling of the new F1 cars for the upcoming 2012 Formula One world championship, with the majority of that focus being on the nose of the car. This coming season will season almost every single team with the new platypus style nose, all except for McLaren that is, who have opted to stick with a similar nose to last year.
So, have McLaren missed a trick? Do they know something that the rest of the teams do not? Or will it simply make no difference at all?
Well the reasoning for the new step on the nose cone of the F1 cars for the 2012 season is due to a new ruling by the FIA, which states that the front nose, just in front of the bulkhead, can be no more than 55cm. This has meant that teams have had to drop their nose down, in a bid to meet the new rules for the 2012 season. So why have McLaren not had to do this?
Well, the guys at McLaren claim that their nose has always been lower than everybody else for the past few seasons, so they have not had to make such a dramatic drop to the nose of their car. Therefore, they have not had to sacrifice the look of their 2012 McLaren in order to stick to the rules and will instead have the most attractive car to look at on the grid.
Whether or not this new platypus style step on the nose of the other teams in the field will actually make too much difference remains to be seen. However, there is no denying that it is certainly going to be an interesting 2012 Formula One World Championship.