For 2014 the FIA have once again left the regulations open to interpretation hoping the teams would see them on face value. Of course the teams won't do this and instead opt for the most aerodynamically efficient manifestation of the regulations to satisfy their need for performance.
The image above perhaps depicts best the interpretation with which the FIA wished the regulations to follow, there are of course several factors however that dictate the teams will carve their own directions.
We must first look at the last few seasons and understand that teams have taken a path that allowed them to raise the tip of the nose to the highest point. This allows more airflow to be directed at the floors leading edge which is conditioned before reaching the Diffuser at the rear of the car.
The regulations now require the most forward point of the nose to be no higher than 185mm from the reference plane whilst it's highest projection can be no more than 250mm. Furthermore at a point 50mm rear of the tip it must project a surface area of at least 9000mm².
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