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Brawn keen to get rid of shark fin engine covers in F1

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Formula One's managing director of racing Ross Brawn wants to get rid of the unpopular shark fins and aerodynamic appendages that have emerged on the latest generation of cars.

New regulations for 2017 have offered more aerodynamic freedom for teams with the aim of reducing lap times and producing more aggressive looking cars. However, a side-effect of the new regulations have been the introduction of a number of odd-looking aerodynamic devices, most notably the shark fin engine covers which had been banned between 2011 and 2016 for aesthetic reasons.

This year's regulations have allowed the fins to return and all teams have experimented with some form of appendage on the engine cover. The fins give the cars greater rear stability in high-speed corners and in testing have often been combined with a downforce-creating T-wing, which takes advantage of an area of the regulations that has not been closed off since last year.

"As always with new regulations there are a few little hiccups," Brawn told Formula One's official website. "We've got the unpopular shark fin on the back and I think in time we need to address those.

"Part of the objective of the new rules was to produce more exciting looking cars, so we don't want to spoil it with peripheral bits that take away from that -- but that's normal with new regs.

"Those are all the consequences of new regulations and they are not intended. So I think all the unintended consequences we need to iron out and make them look a little bit more pure."

F1's Strategy Group proposed the fins were removed ahead of the start of the season, but did not get full agreement from all the teams at F1 Commission level. Under F1's governance, Brawn would also require unanimous agreement from the teams at the F1 Commission to get the fins banned.

Another concern hanging over the new season is the affect the new regulations will have on overtaking. Long-term, Brawn hopes to shape the regulations so that they provide better racing.

"We have to look at the whole topic of overtaking and racing, and how the cars can race each other and overtake each other. I would prefer that to be a normal process rather than something that is enhanced by DRS. But DRS is a solution because we had a problem at the time, so I don't think we should rush into taking DRS off. But what I would like to see is a better long-term solution to car design that enables us not to need DRS."