Gascoyne believes Caterham design is the future
Caterham chief technical officer Mike Gasgoyne has defended the look of his team's car by describing it as a "sign of the times".
Pictures of the CT01 were leaked on Wednesday and it has already come in for plenty of criticism with one observer saying it looked like an "ugly boxer's nose".
However, it is expected that a number of teams will follow a similar design with reports from Italy also describing the new Ferrari vehicle as ugly.
The 47-year-old says he is unsurprised by the criticism being levelled at his team but believes that the design will become typical in the next few years due to new height restrictions.
"The regulations have changed to limit the height of the nosebox to try to ensure that noses don't get too high," he told the team's Facebook page.
"Our challenge is that you always want to get the chassis as high as possible to allow clean air flow to the underside of the car, and what you see on the CT01 is our solution to that.
"As we're the first car out it is obviously stirring up a lot of debate, but because of the 2012 regulations I think you'll probably be seeing this type of nose on most of the cars this year," he added.