Caterham, Barcelona, 2012

Who’s got the best-looking car in 2012?

2012 F1 season previewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Caterham, Barcelona, 2012
F1 teams have different solutions to the nose problem

The F1 cars of 2012 will probably not be remembered as the most attractive the sport has ever produced.

New rules have led most of the teams to add an unsightly step in the nose of their cars. Added to the oddly-proportioned front and rear wings in use since 2009, it makes from some strange-looking machines.

But as ever some cars look better than others and some teams have done better jobs of presenting their racers.

Which do you think is the best-looking car of 2012? Compare them all below and cast your vote.

Red Bull RB8

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2012
Mark Webber, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2012

McLaren MP4-27

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Jerez, 2012
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Jerez, 2012

Ferrari F2012

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2012
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2012

Mercedes W03

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2012
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2012

Lotus E20

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Barcelona, 2012
Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Barcelona, 2012

Force India VJM05

Paul di Resta, Force India, Barcelona, 2012
Paul di Resta, Force India, Barcelona, 2012

Sauber C31

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Barcelona, 2012
Sergio Perez, Sauber, Barcelona, 2012

Toro Rosso STR7

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Barcelona, 2012
Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Barcelona, 2012

Williams FW34

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Jerez, 2012
Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Jerez, 2012

Caterham CT01

Vitaly Petrov, Caterham, Barcelona, 2012
Vitaly Petrov, Caterham, Barcelona, 2012

HRT F112

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT F112, Barcelona, 2012
Narain Karthikeyan, HRT F112, Barcelona, 2012

Marussia MR01

Timo Glock, Marussia, Silvestone, 2012
Timo Glock, Marussia, Silvestone, 2012

Vote for the best-looking car of 2012

What's the best-looking car on the grid in 2012?

  • Red Bull RB8 (5%)
  • McLaren MP4-27 (57%)
  • Ferrari F2012 (3%)
  • Mercedes W03 (2%)
  • Lotus E20 (8%)
  • Force India VJM05 (7%)
  • Sauber C31 (1%)
  • Toro Rosso STR7 (3%)
  • Williams FW34 (1%)
  • Caterham CT01 (2%)
  • HRT F112 (7%)
  • Marussia MR01 (5%)

Total Voters: 696

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Images ?? Jamey Price/F1 Fanatic, McLaren/Hoch Zwei, Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo, Mercedes/Hoch Zwei, Lotus F1 Team/LAT, Force India/Sutton, Sauber F1 Team, Red Bull/Getty images, Williams/LAT, Caterham/LAT, HRT F1 Team, Marussia

132 comments on “Who’s got the best-looking car in 2012?”

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  1. Thank god for some great liveries this year, definitely the best selection in a while, because the cars themselves are horrible.

    They really are awful, lets hope next year they fix the over sized front wing and narrow rear wings, and give the cars a nose job. Unlikely I know. :P

  2. I know this is down to personal taste but if you vote for anything other than the McLaren you’re just wrong!
    And I’m not even a McLaren Fan..

    If it’s fast and handles well too it’ll be like the super hot girl who’s actually interesting to talk to and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Star Wars and Anchorman quotes :)

    1. @mw – Your definition of “interesting to talk to” is, er, interesting! :)

  3. McLaren by far, but of the duck-billed cars, the Lotus looks really good.

  4. Voted the MR01! It looks superb!

  5. There should be a button for ‘none of the above’. It’s a shame that the cars have turned out like this.

  6. The one which wins the championship is the most beautiful car of all.

    1. Oh so you voted for McLaren then? :-P

    2. In that case the championship was over in February I’m afraid.
      I just can’t work it out though why all of the team would not have considered the Mclaren option?
      It’s just sooooo simple & elegant solution to keep the chassis low like that.
      They should probably get a Design Award for it as well?

  7. somehow the marussia looks like a slightly updated F3000 car. could just (and probably is) be me though.

  8. McLaren is best looking car.. theres no doubt. second is Lotus(nice colors) i dun like feminine colours like red or pink, sry ferrari :))

  9. Lotus overall. Livery wise Toro Rosso.

  10. I don’t want to vote for the McLaren because I want to be different :P

    I would have voted for the Lotus because of the nostalgic Black and Gold livery. I like the red on it but the gold isn’t gold. It’s more like a beige colour which doesn’t work as well.

    So which to vote for now?

    My vote goes to the Red Bull because Adrian Newey has managed to make a stepped now pretty by inserting an airbox into the step, very clever way of disguising the ugliness.

    I will also say that I don’t really notice the stepped noses on the majority of the cars anymore now.

  11. Gotta go with Caterham, being one of two cars this year that isn’t Blue/Red/Black/White, like every other F1 car ever made…

    Plus it looks really pretty from a top-down shot.

    But, every car from 2009 onward has looked ugly as hell, so whatever.

    1. It’s green because green’s the colour British cars are supposed to race in. Practically, therefore, it’s green and gold because Team Lotus’s colours were green and gold pre-sponsorship, and that’s what Caterham are calling back to.

      British Racing Green fell out of use in the 1970s with the advent of sponsorship, as the British teams started using the corporate colours of their sponsors. I’m glad Caterham brought it back. There’s a slight irony in that as far as I know Caterham’s registration is still Malaysian, but I don’t think anybody really thinks of them as such.

  12. The HRT is a beauty and the best looking of the twelve. Mclaren comes a close second.

    Lotus, being my favourite team, have an ok ish looking car. It’s the best looking out of all the rest anyway.

  13. Oy, this is a toughie.
    Full disclosure, Ferrari Fan.
    That being said, the Caterham is so classic, I love the livery.
    As for bodywork, the ability to execute a smooth nose on the Mclaren and is impressive considering the rest of the field has simply modified a short term solution. I understand the issue, but it seems to me if executed correctly puts them an entire year ahead in development while, if the rest of the car executes as well, could be a huge stunner and sit them in the catbird seat.
    The HRT love is BAFFLING! I think the lines are good graphically (livery discussion here) but, the colorway bothers me to a huge degree, I am trying to locate what the appeal is for this.
    The Redbull and Williams mid body profiles seem to be the biggest winners/most efficient, but seeing them all in person would likely alter my opinion there.
    Looking forward to Australia!

  14. I like the Marussia best, followed by the McLaren.

    Everything with the stepped nose looks rank.

  15. I’d say that the Mclaren and Virgin cars look more pretty than the rest. The lack of stepped nose makes them look more elegant.

    With the exception of those two, I’m liking the Lotus. From the moment I saw it I was impressed. Perhaps the black covers the step in their nose. After that, I’d say that the HRT looks alright. Colour scheme helps a little, which is pretty much the only thing it has got going for it this season! Then Mercedes would round off my top 5.

    The rest need an appointment with a plastic surgeon! The definitely need a nose job!

  16. Mclaren yes yes yes

  17. A month ago, I would have gone for the Mclaren without a doubt, but the Lotus, Mercedes and Force India have really grown on me. I just think they are more interesting to look at, without being ugly. I went for the Force India in the end.

    The boxy stepped noses on the Williams, Sauber and Ferrari still look horrific to me unfortunately.

  18. fastest car is the most beautiful car. not considering speed, it has to be McLaren or HRT. Any of the platypus nose cars can’t be it! Can’t imagine a miss world or miss universe with broken nose!!

  19. Cucamest (@kevincucamest)
    9th March 2012, 17:31

    Although I’m a big Ferrari fan I voted for McLaren because they definitely have the best-looking car this year.

  20. Y’know, seeing them all together and being able to compare, the HRT and Marussia look pretty good!

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