adrianjordan wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:58 pm
Do we know for sure whether they have to continue running the new nose once it's homologated or whether they can return to the old spec for future races?
Surely the FIA couldn't force teams to use the new spec - what if they didn't have enough spare parts after a crash for example?
That’s a very good question... I believe they have to continue running it on both cars from the next race however firstly you have to consider it is only the front crash structure that is contained within the nose that is Homologated, not the FW mounting pillars or any of the aero fairings
22.1.3 From the defined freeze date, the specification of HC may not change for the remainder of the 2020 Championship
22.1.4 - c. In the case an HC component has been revised either through the use of tokens, or before its homologation date but does not meet the Competitors expectations, it will be permitted to revert back to the original specification of this HC component within five Competitions from its first introduction.
If the 2 noses contain the same crash structure then they would be able to swop between the 2 options
If the crash structure differs, then from the next race the team must only use the either the old or the new version for the rest of the season and next year too, but can permanently revert back to the old version within the 4 races
To me it looks like the 2 noses do contain different crash structures, but my mind remains open to the possibility that in theory the crash structure in both versions could be the same. I would be interested to hear others thoughts on this... is it technically possible?