Who’s got the best looking car? (Poll)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lotus and Virgin have added a new splash of colour to the F1 grid
Lotus and Virgin have added a new splash of colour to the F1 grid

The only the thing that really matters about an F1 car is how quick it goes.

But we like them to look nice too which is why I always get lots of requests at the start of the season for this poll:

Which team has the best-looking car?

  • McLaren (25%)
  • Mercedes (9%)
  • Red Bull (11%)
  • Ferrari (14%)
  • Williams (3%)
  • Renault (8%)
  • Force India (2%)
  • Toro Rosso (2%)
  • Lotus (10%)
  • Virgin (13%)
  • Sauber (3%)
  • HRT (1%)

Total Voters: 5,596

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I think we have one of the best-looking grids in years this season.

Gone are the dull corporate colours of BMW and Toyota. In their place we have the classic British racing green of Lotus, Virgin’s racy red and black, and the best paint job on a Renault since 1985.

I struggled to pick a favourite, so here’s some more pictures of each of the cars to help you decide:


Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren MP4-25
Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren MP4-25


Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes W01
Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes W01

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull RB6
Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull RB6


Ferrari F10
Ferrari F10


Rubens Barrichello in the Williams FW32
Rubens Barrichello in the Williams FW32


Robert Kubica in the Renault R30
Robert Kubica in the Renault R30

Force India

Adrian Sutil in the Force India VJM03
Adrian Sutil in the Force India VJM03

Toro Rosso

Jaime Alguersuari in the Toro Rosso STR5
Jaime Alguersuari in the Toro Rosso STR5


Heikki Kovalainen in the Lotus 127
Heikki Kovalainen in the Lotus 127


HRT 2010 F1 car launch
HRT 2010 F1 car launch


Pedro de la Rosa in the BMW Sauber C29
Pedro de la Rosa in the BMW Sauber C29


Lucas di Grassi in the Virgin VR-01
Lucas di Grassi in the Virgin VR-01

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  1. Mark Hitchcock
    10th March 2010, 0:33

    My favourite livery is either Lotus, Virgin and Red Bull. Favourite looking car is you ignore the livery is probably the Mclaren because of how aggressive and fast it looked on launch.

    My vote goes with Lotus, it’s not quite as good as it could have been (I think the green is gonna look a drab on tv) but A* for effort!

    1. Mark Hitchcock
      10th March 2010, 0:34

      So. Many. Typos. Sorry about that, it’s late.

  2. I think the McLaren looks the best this year, just a shame about the shark fin. I do have a soft spot for the Hispania car tho, i think there’s something attractive about sponsorless cars with basic liveries.

    1. McLaren? Really?

      Do I have to keep saying this? Chrome is for bath taps, not F1 cars.

      1. Sush Meerkat
        10th March 2010, 8:26

        I’m with Red Andy, I’ve never found a McLaren good looking… well apart from in the 80’s

        1. The “orange” McLaren that appeared pre-testing a few years ago was much better – I even liked the 76 one. Shame about recent years.

        2. I didn’t mind the black and chrome too much but maybe that’s just because I really can’t stand the livery of the last few years.
          Agree with Sush that Mclaren were at their best in the 80s (and possibly 90 and 91)

        3. I agree with Sush Meerkat, the Mclaren has never been a good looking car and the more “radical” they try to go the worse it gets….

      2. CovertGiblets
        10th March 2010, 9:00

        I quiet like the colour scheme however I think the back of the car is bug ugly.

        I voted for Virgin becuase of its simplicity.

      3. Thought the McLaren was the best looking car last season by a massive margin.

        Shark fin ruins the lines for me though this season. Looks herse shaped from the side. Can’t believe so many people have voted for it on here. It seems to be a case of people voting for their favourite team not the best looking car!!

        1. Yeah I think this is a case of people voting for their favorite team. I voted for Ferrari, because I think it is very clean and elegantly shaped, but its McLaren I want to win the title. I just dont like the look of the shark fins on most of these cars.

      4. I liked Mclaren around 2000, when they were black-white. But in the last years it’s getting worse.

      5. Great Browser tho’ :)

      6. Great Browser tho’ :0)

      7. Well said Red Andy! I was ******* myself laughing!

        Mclaren need to liven up their colours a little..anyways, the real Silver Arrows are back on the grid, so they should go back to their classic Red and White livery.

        In my opinion, Lotus has the best looking car on the grid. The paint job is classic, which is why I love it, nice finish to the rims as well.

        The white on the Ferrari takes the edge of it, so it isnt as striking as it usually is.

        The Mercs look great too, I love the silver and green bits. I saw one close up a couple days back. I went to the launch of the Malaysian GP 2010 where the revealed the MGP 01.

    2. I agree completely! Ugly sharkfin. The Hispania car looks great…

    3. I do like the 97′ livery, and the older ones where quite nice… but now? err… no thank you.

      1. My god! I just voted so I saw how many went for Mclaren? What are you guys on? wow……

        1. Mike, the Maclaren is truly the best looking out there. Well, for me definitely and I’m sure for those 259 fanatics who voted before me.

          1. Fair enough, Maybe I’m stilling emotionally scared as the rear wing being attached to the billboard they have on there….

    4. Hispania looks like it’s got a faded colour of sorts. It was black and some other colours bu fading fast!

  3. That’s a hard one.
    My favourite would either be Virgin, HRT, Sauber or Renault (which I didn’t like at first, but it grew on me… I still think vertical lines look bad on a race car).
    I don’t really get the hype about Lotus’ livery… sure, it’s British racing green, so I know where you’re coming from… but I agree with Mark that it’s not as good as it could have been.
    Voted for Virgin ;)

  4. Ned Flanders
    10th March 2010, 1:04

    I agree the cars will look a lot better this season than last. Not only are the liveries better but I imagine most of us are accustomed to the unusual looking post 2008 packages.

    I think my favourite livery is the Red Bull. I complain a lot about how they never change it any more, but to be fair it’s a very nice design, and I love that metallic blue they use.

    Of the new liveries, I imagine I’m in the minority which likes the ‘silver arrows’ Mercedes the best. The mix of turquoise and silver has worked out far better than I expected. The Lotus livery is also growing on me, though like Mark says above the shade of green isn’t bright enough.

    And even though no one’s asking my least favourite liveries are Hispania’s (sooooo boring) and Sauber’s (soooo unimaginative)

    1. Yeah i agree, the Mercedes is the best.

  5. i can’t see why people choose Mclaren as their favourite car… the livery is okay, but since they spoiled it a bit when they introduced the Vodafone red…

    and the car, appart from the livery, was horrid last season and it’s horrid this season!. The nose, the shark fin…

    the Virgin and Lotus, on the other hand, have some neat liveries!

  6. Mouse_Nightshirt
    10th March 2010, 1:31

    The Virgin gets my vote.

    The jokes are going to get tedious after a while…

    1. Another vote for the Virgin here. Interesting-shaped car and a really nice livery (not shown by the picture above).

  7. If anyone says HRT they might need to have their eyes checked, that car is like a grey box with some of the ugliest shapes and colors I’ve ever seen!

    The Red Bull car, on the other hand is simply beautiful and the same goes with the Mercedes, McLaren, and Renault, and Toro Rosso… all stunning vehicles!

  8. If it didn’t have the shark fin, I would have said McLaren. As it is, my favourite is the Williams, although I think Renault and Virgin have very nice liveries.

    1. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I don’t understand the McLaren shark fin hate. I actually think the shark fin & the teardrop Vodafone sidepod paint gives it a certain low-slung aggressiveness that’s just stunning.

      However, I do like Virgin’s livery the best.

      1. As shark fins go, I’ll agree that the McLaren’s is the prettiest. At least they’ve coloured it so as to give the illusion that it isn’t there.

  9. Like the most:
    1. Lotus
    2. Merc
    3. Macca
    4. Red Bull
    5. Virgin

    The worsts:
    9. Ferrari (white? c´mon!)
    10. Force India
    11. Sauber (boring!)
    12. HRT (***? is that even a livery???)

  10. I went with Sauber for the aggressive shape, makes me think of a shark. The livery could be improved with sponsors.

    1. voted for sauber as well! surprised at how many little votes it’s got as everyone was impressed at the launch.

      mine would be followed by mercedes and perhaps toro rosso.

      1. here too, photo with the article is so so, but indeed at the launch it looked stunning to me!
        …and in fact, the wheels alone are enough for my vote

  11. IMO the Ferrari is the prettiest, and the McLaren is the most sophisticated looking.

    1. The Ferrari is defiantly the best looking car and the Mclaren looks like they had a parts bin and put a car together from what they had left. It is really bug ugly…

      I do like the livery on both the Lotus and Virgin cars.

  12. You know what? For the pure reason of all the colour on the grid I am hugely excited for this season – it feels like real Formula One again. Full of real racing teams rather than manufacturer teams. For the first time in 10 years, it feels like Formula One is going in the right direction – there’s barely no politics! Lets go racing

  13. I really don’t see the appeal of the vigin. I’ve seen lots of praise for the tribal design, but to me it seems like a tribal tatoo- mostly tacky, rarely particularly good-looking, and a sign of not knowing what else to put on. Other than that I find the colours to be a bit midland. I think the Ferraris quite nice, even though I didn’t like the white originally, but the nose is to long a pointy from some angles. I think the Red Bull is best, closely followed by the McLaren.

    1. I agree so much about the super tacky Virgin. I normally wonder whether it’s me or the general public with a terrible taste, but come on. That car is such a pain to look at.

  14. HRT actually looks okay, but my vote is with STR. The navy red and gold looks awesome and the car looks a bit more cohesive than the RBR with its ‘devil horns’ on the nose.

    The McLaren’s nose is ugly and I don’t like the look of their sidepods even if the shape works. The Ferrari looks anorexic, the Renault has the best paint scheme but the car is so-so, and Lotus despite having the great classic colours looks a bit late-90’s – very boxy at the back.

    So STR for me!

  15. The Force India car is bright and cute… i voted for it….i like the mclaren too!

    1. i like sauber and FI which are bright and simple….

  16. Toro Rosso
    brilliant color combinations, great design. looks the coolest to me.

  17. Voted for Force India! Yeah, Im just being patriotic!!

    1. Other than Vijay Mallya, there is not much to be patriotic about FI though!! ;)

      1. Atleast the livery has some green & saffron!!

  18. Lotus is beauty, but Virgin is most!

  19. McLaren the most beautiful?

    If McLaren were French, it wouldn’t have half the votes.

    1. Agreed, McLaren gains votes for being British, with Renault losing them for being French ;) I love to watch biased people voting in the morning ;)

      1. being Frech, I still voted for Mac Laren (just ahead of Renault!). The car looks real good.

  20. José Baudaier
    10th March 2010, 3:27

    I voted Red Bull, although not 100% sure. If it were the ugliest car it would be easy: HRT.

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