Force India completed a flurry of launches in the Jerez pit lane on Tuesday morning
VJM07's nose already provoking comment on social media
By Mike Wise. Last Updated: 28/01/14 3:36pm
Force India: Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg pose with the VJM07
Force India completed a flurry of launches prior to the start of F1 pre-season testing at Jerez, with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez revealing the VJM07.
The Silverstone team had stolen a march on their rivals last week by becoming the first to release an image of their new car, which must conform to wholesale technical changes introduced this season.
However, the full profile of the car's nose was only revealed to the wider world on Tuesday morning - and immediately generated plenty of comment on social media.
Oh dear... pic.twitter.com/tKJKei3CYI- James Galloway (@SkyGalloway) January 28, 2014
Teams have had to redesign their cars in 2014 in line with rule changes specifying lower noses, yet it has been clear in recent days that different solutions have been reached, with the likes of Williams, Toro Rosso and now Force India clearly trying to make theirs as narrow as possible.
Speaking last week, though, Force India's Technical Director Andrew Green said the specification they're currently testing will change soon enough.
"Our nose is a launch spec and later we will have an updated front end of the car, which potentially is quite different," he said. "We had to take quite a pragmatic view of it and say we've got to go testing so we've got to get a car out of the door."
Perez debuts the car on Tuesday, with Hulkenberg driving for the first time on Wednesday. Force India's new reserve driver, Daniel Juncadella, is in the cockpit on Thursday, with the team yet to announce who will take over for the final day of running.