One of the biggest talking points as the 2014 season gets underway has been about the very unsightly front wing designs on display this year.

These looks have come about through changes in the technical regulations that have aimed to improve driver safety in side-on accidents.

But the regulations were rather poorly written, so it turned out, with the teams’ designers taking different interpretations that allowed them to run higher nose sections while sporting some unsightly ‘proboscis’ appendages that met the letter (although certainly not the spirit) of the regulations.

Some of these concepts were laughable monstrosities – and yes, Force India, we’re pointing the finger squarely in your direction – but it has given us vastly different design solutions, for now at least. It’s refreshing to see each car looking distinct from the others in the field, rather than looking like they’d all been crafted from the same cookie-cutter.

Our guest photographer George Hitchens snapped these brilliant photos during his pit walk at Albert Park, and with a lensman of his skills, he’s been able to turn these unsightly noses into true works of art:

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR09 and Caterham CT05 front ends

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR09 and Caterham CT05 front ends


Different treatments (L-R): Force India VJM07, Sauber C33 and Ferrari F14T

Title image via Sutton Images; others by George Hitchens

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