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

2012 F1 season preview

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 (4%)

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

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

  1. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 9th March 2012, 13:38

    @keithcollantine make another poll of which one is the ugliest. I think it’s the Ferrari but who knows what’s on everybody else’s minds?

  2. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 9th March 2012, 13:42

    Mercedes for me, the satin silver, the blending into the aqua and the slim nose and sidepods makes it look dainty. I hate the stupid chrome paint on the McLaren

  3. Ian (@gateian) said on 9th March 2012, 13:45

    I think this pole should be “Which is the ugliest car” because then it’d be a closer and more interesting result!

  4. maxthecat said on 9th March 2012, 13:48

    Only one answer really, has to be McLaren, the rest are horrible.

  5. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 9th March 2012, 13:49

    Voted RB8, now with the bodywork upgrade, it really looks nice. Caterham and Force India look good too.

    I don’t like the Mclaren in this particulair picture. It has a rounded nose, but looks fat in some way.

  6. SirCoolbeans (@sircoolbeans) said on 9th March 2012, 14:01

    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

  7. MW (@) said on 9th March 2012, 14:10

    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 :)

  8. Keith H said on 9th March 2012, 14:17

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

  9. Mads (@mads) said on 9th March 2012, 14:20

    Voted the MR01! It looks superb!

  10. Tom Bisset (@pianoshizzle) said on 9th March 2012, 14:20

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

  11. Max Mosley said on 9th March 2012, 14:25

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

  12. Txizzle (@txizzle) said on 9th March 2012, 14:59

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

  13. enrique said on 9th March 2012, 15:03

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

  14. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 9th March 2012, 15:10

    Lotus overall. Livery wise Toro Rosso.

  15. 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.

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