Manor to stick with longer nose concept

Manor suggests it is likely to stick with its longer nose concept for 2016, even though many of its rivals have adopted a short version for this season.

Manor to stick with longer nose concept
Dave Ryan, Manor Racing Racing Director
Rio Haryanto, Manor Racing MRT05
Rio Haryanto, Manor Racing MRT05
Rio Haryanto, Manor Racing MRT05
Rio Haryanto, Manor Racing MRT05
Rio Haryanto, Manor Racing MRT05
Rio Haryanto, Manor Racing MRT05

The nose on the Banbury-based team's MRT05 is the longest of the designs currently revealed, and will have been simpler to conceive than the short noses that can be expensive to make strong enough to pass F1's mandatory crash tests.

With Manor open that it does not have the development budget of other teams, it has to be more selective about what parts of the car it spends money on improving.

And although there are gains to be had from having a short nose, it thinks it could get a bigger impact tweaking other areas of the car.

When asked by Motorsport.com whether a short nose would be a step too far in cost terms, Dave Ryan said: "No, it's probably not a step too far in terms of.... I'll rephrase it. It's a bigger job.

"So, from our perspective, it didn't seem to be too much different from aero performance. So, we stuck with what we have and we developed that long concept."

New parts coming

Ryan has made it clear, however, that there is an update plan in place for the team and new parts will be coming on tap when they are ready.

"Absolutely. Just because we are a small team, we won't just build a new car and stop. It's the opposite. This is a new era for us.

"We've got a new car. We have development programme. We've got some great people, as I've said, back in the factory.

"Every single person in the factory is so full of enthusiasm and optimism. The work they are putting in is phenomenal," he added.

"But the thing we have to do is to spend that money properly. If we do development, we have got to be sure that the development is beneficial.

"So, we can't afford to throw things in the cars just to try things out. We need a really thorough and planned approach and that's what we will be doing.

"We do have a programme for changes throughout the year. But as long as we validate them properly, they will get on the car. If they don't go through that phase, we won't put them on the car.

"So in terms of are we going to develop the car? Absolutely."

shares
comments
Mallya rubbishes talk of Force India resignation

Previous article

Mallya rubbishes talk of Force India resignation

Next article

F1 warned of fuel-saving "mess" in 2017

F1 warned of fuel-saving "mess" in 2017
Load comments
The F1 figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again Prime

The F1 figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again

OPINION: An interloper squad got amongst the title contenders during Formula 1’s street-circuit mini-break, where Red Bull left with the points lead in both championships. But, as the campaign heads back to purpose-built venues once again, how the drivers of the two top teams compare in one crucial area will be a major factor in deciding which squad stays in or retakes the top spot

Why Alfa's boss is up to the task of securing a stronger F1 future Prime

Why Alfa's boss is up to the task of securing a stronger F1 future

Two tenth places in recent races have lifted Alfa Romeo to the head of Formula 1's 'Class C' battle in 2021, but longer-term the Swiss-based squad has far loftier ambitions. With the new 2022 rules set to level out the playing field, team boss Frederic Vasseur has good reason to be optimistic, as he explained to Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview

Formula 1
Jun 15, 2021
How Barnard's revolutionary McLaren transformed F1 car construction Prime

How Barnard's revolutionary McLaren transformed F1 car construction

The MP4/1 was pioneering by choice, but a McLaren by chance. STUART CODLING relates the tangled (carbon fibre) weaves which led to the creation of one of motor racing’s defining cars

Formula 1
Jun 15, 2021
Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool Prime

Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool

Wind tunnel work forms the bedrock of aerodynamic development in Formula 1. But as Pat Symonds explains, advances in virtual research are signalling the end of these expensive and complicated relics.

Formula 1
Jun 13, 2021
Why Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour Prime

Why Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour

The newspapers, naturally, lingered over Max Mosley’s tainted family history and niche sexual practices. But this is to trivialise the legacy of a big beast of motor racing politics. Stuart Codling weighs the life of a man whose work for safety on both road and track has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, but whose penchant for cruelty remains problematic and polarising.

Formula 1
Jun 12, 2021
Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture Prime

Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture

Sergio Perez has spent most of his career labouring in Formula 1’s midfield, wondering whether he’d ever get another shot at the big time. Red Bull has handed him that chance and, although life at the top is tough, the Baku winner is doing all the right things to get on terms with Max Verstappen, says BEN ANDERSON

Formula 1
Jun 11, 2021
What the data tells us about the F1 2021 title fight Prime

What the data tells us about the F1 2021 title fight

Formula 1 has been tracking car performance using timing loops mounted every 200m around each circuit – to the extent that it was able to anticipate Ferrari’s 'surprise’ pole in Monaco. PAT SYMONDS explains what this means for this season and beyond

Formula 1
Jun 10, 2021
The weighty issue F1 needs to find a balance with Prime

The weighty issue F1 needs to find a balance with

OPINION: After consecutive street races with contrasting highlights, one theme stood out which has become a prevalent issue with modern Formula 1 cars. But is there a way to solve it or, at least, reach a happy middle ground to help all parties?

Formula 1
Jun 10, 2021