Which is the best-looking F1 car of 2011?

Debates and pollsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The 12 F1 cars of 2011 have all been revealed and we won’t know for sure until the first race of the year which of them is quickest.

But we can make a call on which of them is the best-looking.

Which team do you think has the best-looking car on the grid this year? Compare them and cast your vote below.

Click each image for more pictures of the cars.

Red Bull RB7

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Valencia, 2011
Mark Webber, Red Bull, Valencia, 2011

McLaren MP4-26

McLaren MP4-26
McLaren MP4-26

Ferrari F150

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Valencia, 2011
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Valencia, 2011

Mercedes W02

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Valencia, 2011
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Valencia, 2011

Renault R31

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Valencia, 2011
Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Valencia, 2011

Williams FW33

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Valencia, 2011
Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Valencia, 2011

The Williams has not yet been seen in its final livery.

Force India VJM04

Force India VJM04
Force India VJM04

Sauber C30

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Valencia, 2011
Sergio Perez, Sauber, Valencia, 2011

Toro Rosso STR6

Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Valencia, 2011
Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Valencia, 2011

Lotus T128

Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus T128, Valencia, 2011
Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus T128, Valencia, 2011

HRT F111

HRT F111
HRT F111

Virgin MVR-02

Virgin MVR-02
Virgin MVR-02

Cast your vote

Which is the best-looking F1 car of 2011?

Which is the best-looking F1 car of 2011?

  • Red Bull RB7 (4%)
  • McLaren MP4-26 (28%)
  • Ferrari F150 (6%)
  • Mercedes W02 (20%)
  • Renault R31 (13%)
  • Williams FW33 (2%)
  • Force India VJM04 (3%)
  • Sauber C30 (1%)
  • Toro Rosso STR6 (2%)
  • Lotus T128 (11%)
  • HRT F111 (9%)
  • Virgin MVR-02 (1%)

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345 comments on “Which is the best-looking F1 car of 2011?”

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  1. It’s a toss up between the Mercedes and Team Lotus for me, with an honourable mention to HRT for a great livery.

    1. Sudeepcarfreak
      9th February 2011, 8:14

      I THINK THE HRT is the best as far as looks are concerned….but the Mclaren looks great when science come into the party

      1. 1992 Peugeot Talbot Sport (@peugeot-905-92-93-le-mans-winner)
        9th February 2011, 8:18

        The HRT looks a bit of the old Malboro McLaren.

        But I think the Ferrari is best looking as it also did in 2010

        1. ….. really? Checked flags on it? I couldn’t imaging a more different looking red and white car.

          Funnily enough, at the time, I always though the McLaren was sponsored by the Evening Standard delivery vans… similar livery :P

          1. I find the checkered flags incredibly tacky looking.

        2. The Ferrari livery is just red with stickers.. There’s no artistic attempt there. But then if you like that sort of thing…

          1. miguelF1O (@)
            9th February 2011, 17:20

            At first it looks weird without sponsor but now I believe like in notmal cars that the great Ferrari red corsa shouldnt have sponsor shame is the santander turd looking decal

        3. miguelF1O (@)
          9th February 2011, 10:55

          maybe but no one can admit it so many rivalrys here anyway WHY is the mclaren in 2nd pos and the Ferrari 3rd I thought it was Red bull Ferrari Mclaren

          1. Well, that would seem to be simple that McLaren were 2nd in the WCC in 2010, and the WCC result is how the teams are listed.

          2. miguelF1O (@)
            9th February 2011, 17:23

            @bosyber that aint true when the champion changes team he carrys the n1 like the 96 ferrari that had schumis number

          3. It goes as follows:

            No1 – follows the current WDC (if he retires or leaves the number “0” is given to the “lead” driver of the WCC champions)

            No2 – Team-mate of WDC

            No3 & No 4 – Cars belonging to the highest-placed constructor in the previous championship which isn’t already assigned a number. In this case RBR in 2010, Mercedes as Button took 1 to McLaren and Hamilton inherited 2.

        4. i think HRT look alike old Lucky Strike teams… now we have 3 “virtual tobacco company” in F1, Marlboro, JPS & Lucky Strike…

          1. except marlboro are a real one pumping real money in

      2. Hey, look – it’s me from another forum!

        1. did that on purpose, didn’t you :p

      3. That’s the reason the call is out on that car. I would not call it good looking, rather interesting.

      4. You probably say that because you don’t have an Engineering degree…

        I can give you at least 2 flows in design compared to RB7

        1. Flaws? Go on then, please enlighten those of us without the brilliant engineering degree?

          1. I should make clear that I am not disputing that there are flaws, I am sure there could be hundreds, more that until we see the car turn a wheel its a little premature to mark the flaws…that is all.

        2. @anTONIo

          Are you talking about flaws in the design of the livery, or the actual car? Because you suggesting that you can spot flaws in a car designed by Adrian Newey and a team of people, just because you have an engineering degree and have seen some pictures…is just laughable. I hope I’m just misunderstanding you!

        3. miguelF1O (@)
          9th February 2011, 17:26

          Flaws? is that what you mean? If you can see better than the wind tunnel and the computers why arent you working on hrt. I can see why you say that but you cant say that you know better than any f1 team

      5. Love the HRT.

        Best-looking car for me means livery so my favourites are:

        Toro Rosso, Renault, HRT, Virgin Force India.

        Sauber is the worst ever created.

      6. Sudeepcarfreak
        10th February 2011, 7:53

        well its b’coz of science dat has made the look of the mclaren mp4-26 striking!!!!

    2. Is it just me or does the HRT livery look rather… American… And the sauber a bit too. Just of kind plain car and stick block logos on it and then wacks on some lines here and there style. I think that the Sauber livery could go very well in say a NASCAR kind of setting and the HRT in Indy.

      Compared to the more european liveries of the ugly renault (tema lotus black and gold was way better), the redbull, hte lotus, the mercedes etc…

      btw I’m still waiting for a TVR style paint job

      1. Well, the HRT livery was designed by an American. But there’s room on the grid for that, I rather like it.

        1. I have to say Mercedes.

          1. Mercedes,without question.

        2. Don’t want to spoil it, but Daniel Simon is German!

          1. Yeah his grammer is lacking on the text in front of the air intakes… did you notice? :)

          2. @ Hare did you mean Grammar?

            Haha that made me laugh thank you :)

          3. Hey, I didn’t say a thing about his spelling! :)

          4. He is? I stand corrected. Although he has the least German name I’ve ever heard.

          5. Maybe he was talking about his grandmother.

          6. @ajokay I’ve known two Germans, one called Daniel and one called Simon!

        3. The Grid… aaaaaah Tron.. I love… LOVE that movie :D

      2. Was going to post the same thing. Not a bad thing though and about a million times better than last year’s attempt! Mind you, I think the chequered flags are going to look a bit silly when they are still driving around and the winners are already splashing the champagne.

    3. I agree with GeeMac. Team Lotus is the best in my opinion with Mercedes just behind.

      In general, this years liveries are quite bland though. I’m looking forward to seeing the final incarnation of Williams’ though, they usually have the best liveries in my opinion

    4. miguelF1O (@)
      9th February 2011, 10:53

      Me too I dont know what people are seeing on the new mclaren i can only justify so many votes for home proud or team favouritism theres a lot of mclaren fans worldwide if i had chose that path i would have voted Ferrari

      1. i can only justify so many votes for home proud or team favouritism

        Whats the problem with that?

        1. miguelF1O (@)
          9th February 2011, 20:10

          I’m a fan of dome teams, some more than other (not going to reveal) but i didnt vote on my teams car i voted on the one that blew my mind the one that changed the most and to a better looking car of course on the same step as the red bull

          1. Miguel…. Look at me in the eyes and say you are not a Ferrari fan…. Come on mate, do it….. Cos I assume the f10 at the end of your name isn’t your bra size, or your favourite focal length.

            And did you vote HRT? I voted HRT…

          2. Look at me in the eyes and say you are not a Ferrari fan

            He is a Ferrari fan, and he said he voted for someone else. I respect that.

        2. thats why i said

          (not going to reveal

          just joking I voted lotus

          1. Awesome mate. We’re all friends here, regardless what team you support ;)

    5. Mercedes?!? Seriously?
      That car isn’t ugly – it’s disgusting.

      McLaren is very pretty, prolly the no.1 – but I need to see the frontal view to make the final call.
      Lotus is pretty – it’s a prettier version of the Renault which is also pretty.
      HRT – pretty, though I need the frontal view as well.

      And as for the coulour schemes – HRT reigns supreme :)

      1. I think you’ve mixed yourself up, the Merc is the beautifully flowing one, The Mclaren is the alarmingly interesting but equally ugly one.

        I can’t believe the Mclaren is this popular, it just doesn’t look good, I mean, The Livery has never been particularly special, shiny maybe, but special no, and I’ll say I’m really interested by their design, but just not from a perspective of artistic merit.

        1. I do think the Mercedes is a stunning car, but I voted for the Hispania car. Sure, it needs some work and they could probably work some orange into the livery to differentiate it from the red and white GP2 cars, but I voted for HRT because it’s clever, a total improvement from last year, but overall, it’s new and differrent, and I think everyone wanted to see a completely different livery this year.

          1. I agree, thumbs up for HRT.

            What I find funny, is how this one good livery has changed it from the team every rags on, to everyone’s 2nd favourite.

            I think the teams should tae notice of this trend. because the sponsors would appreciate it.

        2. I think you’ve mixed yourself up, the Merc is the beautifully flowing one, The Mclaren is the alarmingly interesting but equally ugly one.
          I can’t believe the Mclaren is this popular, it just doesn’t look good, I mean, The Livery has never been particularly special, shiny maybe, but special no, and I’ll say I’m really interested by their design, but just not from a perspective of artistic merit.

          Agreed. There really should be two polls here, one for the car, the other for the livery. I think the Merc is the most graceful and sculpted looking car. It’s not my favorite livery. For that I would have to say my favorites are Team Lotus and *gulp* Renault (the red’s bothering me less and less as I get used to it).

        3. I’m a die-hard McLaren fan and I’ll be cheering for the MP4-26, but that thing is UGLY.

          For looks alone, Renault gets my vote


          1. The Renault looks great, possibly the best if they were all the same colour, but is ruined by its livery. If they’d done a better job with the gold on it and taken the red off it would be fine, and even better in last years colours (preferably also without the red).

      2. The McLaren is the ugly one.Mercedes is stylish,has a flair the others do not have.

        1. There should be a poll for the UGLIEST car and McLaren would win that for sure :)

          1. The McLaren isn’t ugly, but it is a much more aggressive looking car than their last attempt, which looked amazing but wasn’t fast enough. Let’s hope it’s the other way around this season. To be honest, most of the cars are not too pretty under current regulations, so it takes a good livery to bring things together. I do think on the Merc the livery combines with the form of the car really well. Its a beauty.

      3. miguelF1O (@)
        9th February 2011, 17:28

        Damon, if you say that the mercedes is disgusting and love the mclaren you are the exact oposite of the majoraty of people who arent mclaren fans

    6. I agree – Merc for best looking car design, but not best livery.

      1. Exactly my thoughts. There should be a separate livery poll.

    7. I voted Red Bull because I like the car’s shape and also the livery.

    8. @ GeeMac

      Completely agree, well besides the HRT part.

      The Mercedes does look amazing, the body and the livery. I’m liking the Lotus a lot surprising as well.

      Both the Virgin and Toro Rosso cars look very poor compared to the rest of the field.

      Renault isn’t bad either in my opinion. No surprise McLaren is at the top of this pole.
      I’d put McLaren in the middle for looks and livery, same with Ferrari.

      1. miguelF1O (@)
        9th February 2011, 20:12

        me too RGBSF im very surprised aswell

    9. Really? Mclaren’s car is the best looking? The look was refreshing and beautiful 3 seasons ago, but for my mind it is like voting Ferrari just because they’ve stuck with the same look. Both cars are beautiful but have to be a bit out of the running since they’ve not changed hardly at all. For all the people on here who hate Ferrari and voted for the Mclaren- You are the Tifosi of England; admit to the hypocrisy and be cleansed… if you are Catholic there is an app for that!

      1. Exactly!

        The amount of English bias on this site always surprises me.

        I would go for Renault, Mercedes then HRT

        1. So you voted for the English based, British flagged team Lotus Renault, followed by the English based, English led team Mercedes, whos engines are made in England?

          You must be English then!! Damned bias strikes again. 2/3 of the teams are based in England, what do you expect?

          McLaren is picking up votes more because it’s radical than anything else, and people like that. People like F1 when it get radical.

        2. Keith, can you dig that stat up again about less than 1/3 of the site’s traffic being from Britain…….

      2. So the Tifosi need to confess their sins to the Pope? People who support Ferrari are sinners?


        besides, what’s wrong with voting with you heart? It’s a SPORT!

        You don’t go to a football match and cheer the team that’s technically more proficient do you? You find a team you love, and you support them. Same with baseball, America football, Rugby, Cricket, Basketball…

        … Darts, Curling, team ironing

        Stands to reason: That beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you love a team, it’s more likely to appeal to you.

        1. team ironing

          Someone once gave me an “extreme ironing” calendar that had some pretty funny pictures in it…

          1. Now that is a sport I can get fanatic about… Put him in a Tron suit and I’m hooked! :)

          2. Haha! That would put it over the top, wouldn’t it? There are lots of other nice pics out there if you just google image search “extreme ironing.”

        2. Stands to reason: That beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you love a team, it’s more likely to appeal to you.


    10. Same here, It truly is a fantastic livery from them, but is ruined by the fact the car is most likely going to be a hunk of junk.

      And I think some people are underestimating HRT based on 2010, however since they were so bad they would have started work on the F111 considerably earlier than the other teams and may well have a semi-decent car to go with their fantastic livery

      1. Right so…
        RedBull – Looks the same as last year’s
        McLaren – Interesting design but same old livery
        Ferrari – Ditto Red Bull
        Mercedes – Catastrophically bad
        Renault – Great livery. Great car?
        Williams – It has no livery so to speak of
        Force India – Same old
        Sauber – Improvement on last year’s
        Toro Rosso – Getting bored of that livery now
        Lotus – Classic. Old. Boring.
        HRT – OMG! Love it.
        Virgin – Duller than las year’s

        1. Catastrophically bad


          And how do you get

          Lotus – Classic. Old. Boring.

          But for the Renault get

          Renault – Great livery. Great car?

          Both are “Classic old liveries” And only the Lotus has actually done it right.

          1. Lotus isn’t anything new really. It’s very plain. Renault is a bit better, and I think (having only recently got really into F1)that it looks great. Was hoping for something… I dunno, better from Lotus this year what with their new tech etc.
            As for the Merc… I mean just look at it. It looks like something some one just ate and then spat out.

  2. I’m voting for the F1F KC-01 from the round up today.

    1. Actually.. That’s not a bad shout :)

      1. Same here. You should have added it as a valid option! Just out of curiosity Keith should email HRT and ask how much the sponsorship space costs, just out of curiosity. If Deutsche Post and CNN can sponsor F1 cars then why not F1 Fanatic?!

    2. I would have liked a button to vote for Ned’s Flanders F1 livery:

  3. Mercedes GP or Lotus Renault GP… hmmm decision, decision

    1. That’s my thoughts exactly. I had to vote mercedes though. when i first saw it thought it was awesome. i had to wait a bit for the renault (black and gold) to grow on me. the Lotus (green and gold) is a close 3rd.

  4. I think the McLaren, love the air box and the side pods, but I also like the look of the Mercedes.

  5. I voted Mercedes but McLaren is a close 2nd.

  6. I’m hard-pressed to pick. It will be either the Virgin, Renault or Mercedes for me. There’s no car that is truly ugly, though I will say that the McLaren is not a pretty car, either. Ferrari, Sauber and Toro Rosso all tie in the award for having the car most like last year’s (funnily enough, they’re all Ferrari-powered), whilst the Force India simply doesn’t do it for me. And Team Lotus get the prize for the worst livery, with that giant streak of canary yellow on the engine cowling that just ruins the green.

    1. Yeah, that’s not funny.

      1. I love the yellow. I couldn’t stand that livery last year despite its heritage, and find it very appealing this year. It’s also the car that the Pirellis look best on, and one of only a few that they look good on. I have a way bigger problem with the red on the Renault livery. That is not funny.

    2. Yep agreed on most points. I don’t think the McLaren is filth, but I have no idea how someone can vote it the best looking.

      p.s – cowling, you really have an obsession with that word don’t you?

      1. Just an observation mate, nothing more.

      2. cowling, you really have an obsession with that word don’t you?

        I just like the sound of it. It’s up there with “mission” and “roast” and “Russia” as a good-sounding word.

        I think PM is the best poster on F1F. He is very articulate & precise in his explanation of things. I like it.

        Thank you!

        1. So your idea situation is being on a mission to find a roast in Russia?

        2. No I just said I liked the sounds of the words.

        3. I like the sound of the words ‘Scarlett Johansson’.. I’m equally unlike to realise that as well..

        4. I prefer Thora Birch, m’self.

        5. Thora Birch? Wasn’t she in ‘Last of the summer wine?’

        6. You’re confusing the incredibly attractive Thora Birch with the incredibly old and possibly deceased Thora Hird.

          She was in Ghost World with Scarlett Johansson, which is why I mention her.

        7. But she wears baggy stocking though right? Glasses? Likes tea and biscuits?

        8. Birch or Hird? Now I’m confused

      3. Except when mentioning Ferrari. Such raging hate is bad for anybody’s health.

    3. Personally, the Lotus is one of my favourites so far, especially because of the that fat streak across the back. I think it looks great. Oh well, beauty and beholders, and all that.

      1. I like williams, cos it reminds me of that classic movie which was like 1966 meets the great escape. A bunch of famous actors in a prison playing football to beat the germans.

        forgot the name…

        I guess what I’m trying to say, is that it looks like a 60’s football strip.. Everton Home Kit maybe :)

        1. Yeah, but that’s not the final Williams livery. They’re have a “retro” one. Read into that what you will. Most people assume it’s a copy of the FW14.

          There’s no word on when they’ll have it ready by, though they could possibly make it to Jerez with the final livery. I doubt they will, though.

          1. Can’t wait to see it, whatever it is. Unless they pull a Sauber and actually manage to make it worse, I think it’ll be an improvement over last year’s bland livery.

      2. Maciek, MOST IMPORTANT POINT MADE. 100%

        It’s all subjective.

        I like the McLaren because it’s striking. Prefer the Merc it’s allround rather lovley, as is the Renault.

        Ferrari + Redbull look just a wee bit boring.

        1. Well, it’s an opinion poll…. The clues in the title… Its not an absolute value.

          1. Erm yes? Just sayin, it’s been faily calm but opinions usually do get thrown about as fact.

          2. Sorry Scribe, wasn’t directing that comment at you :) just generally tagging it on to the end of the convo.

            No offence intended old boy :)

          3. Marvellous, to industry!

  7. Best Looking Livery: HRT
    Best Looking Shape: Ferarri
    Best Overall Look (Livery + Shape): Red Bull

    Worst Livery: Virgin (shame it was really nice last year)
    Worst Shape: McLaren (I don’t like the look of the L shape side inlets, maybe they work well but don’t look that great)
    Worst Overall Look (Livery + Shape): Renault (the red end plates are gross, and it has big gaping side inlets)

    1. mmm wrong. :P

      I agree with HRT.. mmaybe Red Bull.. and the Virgin thing. But there rest ( both of them ) are wrong ;)

    2. some of u dont know the meaning of far as am concerned,the maclaren is the best looking car and hopefuly it will perform according to its looks

      1. this year’s McLaren probably started life as a beautiful car, but then someone left it next to the heater and parts of it sort of melted and sagged into the shape you see now.

        1. LOL. I guess thats what happens when the heaters are placed on the airbox, more aerodynamic downforce!

  8. seriously people, the mclaren? its horrendous.

    1. The inlets on the side pods are, in that I would agree, but the rest is nice,

      Most are a bit dull / same’ish

      Worst Renault, too much gold, it looks like a pair of sold ladies shoes (or a handbag)

      Anyway I votes for HRT (esp if you ignore anything forward of the front wheels) because its such an improvement on last year (OK that’s mainly livery)

    2. If it wins the WDC this year it will be the prettiest by far

    3. I wouldn’t say its horrendous, it ceratinly is a very striking car (you sort of have to do a double take) but I also wouldn’t say it was a pretty car.

    4. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder…

      .. so clearly you’re holding the wrong eyes?

      it’s lovely… reminds me of kittens..

      1. Well maybe I just need to clean my specs. ;)

  9. With RB5/6 charms, simple curves and a nicely designed bull graphic, the Toro Rosso won’t win much this year, but it wins my vote for the best looking.

    1. I agree with you completely frankus! Plus it’s the only car with real sidepods, not warped, miniaturized ones, and I love that double floor!

      1. I do give honorable mention to Mercedes, that thing is striking, and HRT – I love that livery.

        1. Mmm, I was going to vote for Mercedes before I chose STR because they really worked hard to make the Petronas aquamarine work with the dull silver this year, far exceeding the spray-can job of last season. Unfortunately, the W02 has too many lumps and bumps for me.

          I agree with you on the HRT livery! My guess is that they paid a designer a fraction of what Sauber did and got a better result! I suppose they didn’t have any trouble with sponsors (“what’s a sponsor??”) bickering over logo space and colour schemes.

  10. Sudeepcarfreak
    9th February 2011, 8:17

    HRT has definitely the best livery…no doubt…
    Ferrari has always been with that typical prancinghorse looks…but Mclaren livery is outstanding, mercedes also looks good…

    but my vote to HRT

  11. Definitely Mercedes. However I’m not sure it’s fair to run this poll until we’ve seen the HRT in the metal (and not just CGI), or Williams’ definitive livery.

  12. Although it pains me to say it, I think the McLaren is the best looking car.

  13. I love the Mercedes, apart from the nose, its stunning with a great livery!

    The McLaren is beautiful from the side, but not so much from the front.

    The Renault is magnificent, as is the Red Bull. I’d also prefer the Williams to stay just how it is, instead of what it looked like when Pastor Maldonado drove it in that demo.

    1. Mercedes = Minty headache!!

      1. Mercedes = Minty headache!!

        But it’s so fresh! :-)

  14. haha. lol. :D

    1. Maybe you should check the poll results before laughing.


        1. Not this old debate again…

        2. Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Im that guy that sees and well lit fire and just wants to biff gasoline on it.

        3. @Hamish
          Renault and Williams are both from England as well, just in case you didn’t know…

        4. miguelF1O (@)
          9th February 2011, 20:15

          No one likes the only true british team (williams) and the only reason its because it aint wining mclaren was founded y an aussie and renault saw their glory years when renault money was flooding

        5. Actually.. F1 FANATIC .co .uk

          You come to a site with the term FANATIC in the title then throw blame around for people who are actually FANS of a team….

          Are you the sort of person who watches Scooby Doo and then reels in shock when we find out the ghost isn’t real, but it’s actually one of the bit part characters?

          Come on dude… Let go of the old hitting stick. This topic is well beat.

        6. Bruce Mclaren is from New Zealand…

        7. @Mike yup, and that orange swish that is the McLaren Logo? It’s actually a ‘speedy kiwi’ design..

          I know.. I found it hard to believe too, but it is :)

      2. Maybe you should check the poll results before laughing.

        Why are you like that on this site? He was obviously referring to his username, not that the McLaren looked bad.

        Seriously I find it very hard to find positive comments from you.

        1. I didn’t understand that his comment was directed at his username. If he thought the livery was ugly, I just wanted to point out that a majority of people would disagree with him.

          I might not have as many positive comments to please your positive, and incredibly vibrant personality, but then again, I’m sick of people who read way too much into basic comments and take them in a negative sense, or interpret them in a spiteful manner.

          I’m sorry if my presence offends you, maybe you shouldn’t look for positivity in my comments. Simply ignoring my comment is fine by me. Have a nice day

  15. MP4-26 by far.

    1. It’s full of emotion and spirit! Progress!

    2. yeah.. nice.. like.. tea is nice.

      Lets be honest, it’s just a red car with some stickers on it. ( livery wise )

      1. miguelF1O (@)
        9th February 2011, 17:32

        thats why some people like it the mclaren livery was cool at first now is boring

        1. Yeah I agree. I love McLaren, but the livery doesn’t excite me any more.

          I prefer the Team Lotus black and gold livery that they would have had if they’d gone racing with it.

    3. Yeah, I was tossing up between the Ferrari and the MP4-26, the Ferrari looks a bit beautiful actually IMO.

  16. Force India for me .. I simply love the national colors on the car .. the cleanest by far :)

  17. The Lotii (Alan Partridge reference…) and the Mercedes for me :)

    The Lotus Renault has actually grown on me a fair bit. I think the red was a bit shocking on the eyes at first, but it’s slowly beginning to adjust..

    1. It’s ‘Lexii’, but we’ll let that slide simply because you mentioned Alan Partridge. A-Ha!

  18. Team Lotus gets my vote! With Mercedes GP a close second, and Marrusia Virgin a close third.

    1. Virgin the car that was designed with a CAD package that can only draw round cornered squares and rectangles (and stick them together).

      Very funny, you almost had me there.

      1. Oh, sorry, my bad, I was talking just in terms of the livery, not the actual car design itself.

  19. for me McLaren is the worst looking car with its deformed kinda shape. Mercedes and Ferrari are the best cars.

    1. The McLaren has that double air intake only an aerodynamacist could love :P

      It looks terrible, the rest of the cars not great either soo long…

      1. Don’t agree with that, I think the McLaren manages too look the most innovative and different, sometimes radically different, while maintaing an overall asthetically pleasing shape. Basically it’s pretty easy on the eyes. The long things a bit weird. It’s not winning Singapore or Monaco, that’s for sure, hopefully the suspension not stiff as last times.

        Anyway I voted Merc, it’s just very pretty, the nose is nice, the sidepods looks good, the liverys pretty excellent. It’s a nice one bascially.

        Renault next, beautiful shape to the sidepods despite them being a little bulky, the livery is nice, love the red, shaped flows very well. It’s just rather lovely.

        Must say, don’t like the Ferrari or the Redbull, blocky, bit plain, not as striking as either of their last cars. Probably be annoyingly quick though huh?

      2. I started by liking the McLaren and now think it’s just extremely ugly – but promising to be quick. Aesthetically I think the Mercedes. Most balanced, nice livery. Ferrari, Red Bull, Force India all fine looking.

        1. I love the McLaren. It just works for me.

    2. Are you my twin brother?

      1. @sid90 (13 comments up)
        Renault are not English. They are French.
        (Unless you mean where their factory is)
        In which case RedBull, McLaren, Williams, Force India, Renault, Lotus and loads of others are “TRUE BRITS”

  20. Mercedes W02. Honourble mention for the HRT F111 too, but I’m surprised that the McLaren is winning. I think it’s hideously ugly but there you go!

    1. But only something like 30-35% of readers are British…

    2. Right, second person to say that, so now I have to say that this “bias to Mclaren just becaused you this:

      4 teams are “British” (McLaren, Lotus, Williams and Virgin);
      4 more teams are based in Britain, although not holding British licences (Red Bull, Mercedes, Force India and Renault;AND
      As has been pointed out many times on this forum only 30-35% of the formu readers are British.

      So if people liek the McLaren, its not because this is a blog or because Keith subliminally tries to swing out votes that way.

      1. First line was supposed to be “Right, yuo are the second peroson to say that, so now I have to prove that this “you said McLaren just because you are British” thing is nonsense because:”

        Typing in a rush, at work!

      2. Virgin are now technically Russian. :)

        1. Good point! I guess we’ll just have to see how strong the the Manor/Virgin DNA is in the end.

        2. Pretty much all the cars (Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes, Renault, Williams, Force India, Lotus, Virgin) are built in Britain, but the people with the money keep insisting on putting the wrong flags on the licence forms.

      3. I don’t think its that straight forward however.

        – Its the Hamilton factor. As a result there is increased popularity towards McLaren. The fact that there are 3 other “British” teams are irrelevant. He hasn’t driven for them. If Lewis has spent his career at Williams with the same outcome, that butt ugly Williams would be winning the pole right now.
        – I’m sick of this 2/3’s of people aren’t British comment which is supposed prove all accusations wrong. A large portion of British people favour Hamilton to near god-like status regardless, while those from outside of Britain are not so stupid to not vote for Hamilton if they believe he is deserving of his credit. Its blind eye favouritism – thats why the majority of the world cannot stand the British sporting press.
        – The fanboy. Of course with ones success a fanbase will follow but the quality of posts since his rise is stupid. Regardless of topic theres always someone who somehow turns it into Lewis Hamilton. On top of that there are so many fanboys on here now that they are slowly becoming the majority.

        Hes a good driver, I give you that. But would this website be inundated with praise for the guy if he was German for example – probably not.

        1. You mean like the praise heaped on Kubica recently?

          I’m British, born and bred… Can trace my family back on both side 500 years in farming communities.. I’m as British as a union rep called Jack, chruchill, Yorkshire pudding and the rest… I even grew up in and around Stevenage…. Yet somehow, I avoided the gravitational pull and voted for HRT.. While Button Is my favourite driver cps he’s the same age, and I like his attitude and lifestyle, I equally love Kubica, Kobayashi Schumacher and a few others.

          The regulars here are well balanced in their views.. Most don’t gravitate towards Hamilton that’s I’ve noticed. Steph for example loves Ferrari etc. I’m sure many other have many views. No way can you colour all of us the same way, what do you know about anyone? You’re speculating at best. You do not know who’s commenting from which country, that info is not available.

          I could assume your Scottish and that you automatically will plump for Force India… But then, that would be stereotypical speculation entirely in my own mind.

          Let’s just agree we don’t know the stats and leave it at that. If Keith wanted to find a breakdown of country vs vote I’m sure he could. But that still wouldn’t tell you the nationality, just the location.

          And so it continues… :)

        2. I do totally understand Hamish’s point that there are a lot of fanboy types and less “sophisticated” readers on the site (types who say “I vote for X because they are my favorite”) these days which does tend to sway the polls a wee bit, but I don’t think there has been a general election in any part of the world that hasn’t been affected by similar people, so why we expect a huble F1 poll to be any different is beyond me! :)

        3. What tripe!!

          When any other countryman gets behind their national team it’s called loyalty but when a Brit displays the same loyalty to local talent it gets interpreted as biased and partisan. What a joke!!

          I support Mclaren because they are British but that’s not the only reason. I am loyal to Queen and Country yes, but I also love Mclaren because they make fantastic cars that look and go great.

          They have cool merchandise, they make an effort with the fans. The drivers are not aloof, of this I have first hand experience btw and to top it all off they have been very successful in Motorsport in general, not just in F1 and are indeed worthy of praise and recognition from everyone never mind just the Brits!!

          Also, if you think the people on this site are so uneducated about F1 that they would choose to support a team based purely on their geographical location then you are grossly mistaken.

          Britain is the most cosmopolitan, forward thinking, liberal and tolerant society on the planet. No one comes close when it comes to respecting human rights and diversity so wind your neck you utter buffoon!!!

        4. No idea who Coefficient is addressing, but since its after my comment i’ll assume that I’m the buffoon. I’ve been called worse, so I don’t mind!

          I am British (well my place of birth, family history and pasport say so anyway, country of residence for the last 2 decades not so much) and I have supported McLaren for 21 years by the way. I loathe the sort of fanboyism that seems to come from certain fans, and you have to admit the worst fanboys on F1 forums seem to support McLaren and their drivers.

        5. Seriously Coefficient – breathe a little. Funnily enough, you sound like huffy Americans, or huffy Poles for that matter, when someone tells them they could be a bit less self-involved. I’d love to know how you came by all this most tolerant and most open-minded information – must be an interesting analysis with lots of good data!
          It’s like “the US is the freest country in the world” or I don’t know, my neighbourhood is better than yours, nya nyah.

          I am the most tolerant person in the world – and I will not stand for anyone thinking different!

        6. Hamish, I’m a Brit and I absolutely detest Hamilton.

        7. Just to point something out. The biggest ‘fanboys’ on this site that vie seen.. Meaning people that just vote with their love not their mind, are Ferrari and/or Alonso fans.

          We sometimes get a few who come on ALONSO IS BEST!!! FERRARI IS BEST!!

          I’m not judging them, I think it’s great they’re so hyped up over the sport. Football fans are the same, blindly believing that Barnet is the best team ever to grace the green field and their time has yet to come, having been so unlucky and they’re now just waiting for the time to pounce.

          When it gets out of hand is when racism gets involved, or terms of hatred.

          Ultimately its a sport, and that’s what sport is… A pastime. A joy. A love.

          So let’s just get on and stop the baiting with the nationalistic nonsense. It’s tiresome.

        8. So let’s just get on and stop the baiting with the nationalistic nonsense. It’s tiresome.

          Hear hear! It gets tiresome from all sides. “You’re biased!” “No you’re biased!” *yawn*

        9. Just to add my basic and fairly stupid example to you guys myriad of well made points.I’m a British, McLaren supporting Hamilton fan and I voted Mercedes. Don’t really like Rosberg, have gained a modicum affection for Schumacher, still don’t really like Brawn tbh, lingering resentment. Kinda not that happy with Merc for jilting us BUT the question is which is the best-looking car of 2011.

          Just cause i’m a fan with underlying tribal loyalties doesn’t mean I’m incapable of subjective thought. Not all fans are walking cliche’s.

          The bias argument is just so lazy, it just assumes that all people must be carrying certain veiws because of their heritage, humanity is capable of independent thought strangley enough.

          Apart from anything else, Brits are some of the least patriotic people on the planet, with the exception of the usual right-wing irritants. It’s quite funny how sure certain people come to this site and scream bias, because of their own bias.

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