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

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  1. 1. McLaren 2. HRT 3. Lotus


    Guess who’s definitely and officially behind the wheel. Mr. Kubica tested his Fabia WRC near Genoa. I guess that’s a bit in contrast to recent Alguersuari’s statement that “Robert is unable to grab a glass of water with his hand”. In your face Jaime!

  2. IMO Mclaren is by far the prettiest, most exquisite design without the hideous nose of the other cars too. I thought it would sweep this and so it has.

    I also like the HRT and the Toro Rosso very much.

    Don’t know why many people like the FI. Yes the livery is not bad but the car is quite ugly.

    However the 3 ugliest cars are(in no order): Ferrari, Sauber and Caterham

  3. I looked for livery more than anything else, and I have to say, I love the Caterham livery. Really, anything in Racing Green like that gets my vote!

  4. The Force India VJM05! The Mclaren is handsome, but a little bulky in places. The HRT would look nicer if the red bits were black or dark gray.

  5. Wow I can’t believe I’m so alone in liking the Sauber. It looks ******, as an F1 car should. That’s not to say that I like the stepped noses, but all things considered. The Sauber. Something about the MP4-27 puts it in 2nd place for me, can’t put my finger on what bothers me.

    1. Ahhm ok, angry then. It looks angry.

  6. Sportiest livery – RBR
    Coolest livery – Lotus
    Best lines – McLaren
    Runnerup – Caterham
    Not bad – Force India

  7. Really surprise the Mclaren is getting so many votes. If it wasn’t for the noses the Mclaren would be one of the uglier cars I think.

  8. It’s gotta be McLaren first, then followed by Marusia.
    Everyone else with stepped noses should be disqualified for their looks, IMHO.

  9. McLaren is obviously the favourite simply because they aren’t using a stepped nose. However, I expected Marussia to have more support than it does, for the same reason.

    Of the step-nose cars, I’d say Toro Rosso looks best, followed by Force India. Although they have the extreme noses, they’re not as glaringly obvious as the Ferrari and Williams.

    In terms of the best-looking livery, HRT get my vote. It’s a very elegant design, and stands out because most of the other teams have kept their liveries fairly constant. Marussia is perhaps the only other team that has made significant revisions to their design.

  10. If you ignore the noses the Ferrari is definitely the most beautiful. McLaren obviously has the nicest nose but side view is probably the ugliest. Stepped nose will grow on everyone by mid season so Ferrari wins my vote.

    1. The bask half of the Ferrari from above or behind is absolute artwork. The steps don’t really bother me like so many others. I also think putting the number on the step was a good move. Forza Ferrari. :)

  11. Red Bull – The duct in the nose step gives it a purposeful look and the extra red bits make the livery a bit more striking.

    McLaren – The flat nose is a welcome sight and I’ve always liked the flash silver livery.

    Ferrari – Ye gads it’s ugly, particularly the chunky, square nose. And I preferred the pre-Santander all-red livery. This one reminds me of the old Vodafone livery, which wasn’t one of their best.

    Mercedes – I liked the revisions made to the livery last year that they’ve carried over. Another ugly nose job, though.

    Lotus – The red Total endplates that look good on the Red Bull are jarring and out-of-place here. Without those it would look much better (nose aside).

    Force India – A nice livery update. One of the better-looking cars too. Their logo’s a dog’s breakfast though.

    Sauber – Utterly horrendous livery – what’s the point of all the black? And the mis-matched dividing stripes between white and black? A rather basic-looking car and another ugly nose. Perhaps Ferrari told them to build something that made their car look good.

    Toro Rosso – I’ve always thought their livery looked like a dull version of the Red Bull paintjob, though the gold bits are quite nice. Generally a tidy car though (usual nose complaint applies)

    Williams – One of the worse-looking noses. Smart livery though – it’s certainly unspoiled by too many logos.

    Caterham – Nice livery as before. Pity we were wrong about the nose being a one-off…

    HRT – Good livery on the whole except the inside rear wing endplates. Car looks very basic, though.

    Marussia – Not as good as the 2010 livery, but much tidier than last year’s. The car looks slightly more refined than HRT’s, but that’s not saying much.

    1. Their logo’s a dog’s breakfast though.

      I think it’s the use of fifty-point Arial font. But there was never much that they could do with it – sponsors might be okay with the odd colour change to suit a livery, but they don’t like it when you go changing the actual logo.

  12. Alex (@smallvizier)
    9th March 2012, 23:10

    I’d expected more love for the Marussia. Are people just ignoring it because it’s not a top car? Or was it too often a second choice?

    Look here:

    Of the stepped-nose cars, I’d say my favourite is the Red Bull.

  13. Decide to wade into discussion.

    State that “Beauty =/= Performance”

    Look at cars.

    Beauty seems to be inversely proportional to performance.

    Wonder if it’s too late to vote for the MVR-02.

    Vote for the F112 because the picture didn’t load.

    Go to bed.

  14. it pains me to say that I voted for the red bull, i,m surprised more people didnt, of course i normally would of voted for ferrari but I just cant, i hope the old adage is incorrect here, if it looks like a **** box, it normally performs like one too

  15. I voted for the STR, but there are several near the top of my list. We were always taught to bild a race car in white to help spot leaks. I think the Williams, Sauber and even the HRT look like old school racers with new technology. I am not bothered by the step noses near as much as some. To me F1 is always on the edge of fashion in motorsport. Just look at an Indy car or any other spec open wheeler. They just look conventional and slow. The noses may look alittle different this year, but they will be refined and sweet looking in no time.

  16. Mclaren aside who wins the stepped category is really hard I love the Sauber the Williams, Caterham, Force India, Toro Rosso, Marussia and the Red Bull


    RedBulls slot makes it easy on the eye aswell and the Marussia looks like a toy but an interesting slow toy.

  17. Mclaren but among the platypus Renault.

  18. The cars with stepped nose witch look okay are HRT, Lotus and FI. HRT’s nose (although stepped) seems to be a little different from rest of them. I think they have got a good livery too. Lotus’ nose too is better integrated with the rest of chassis. So is FI’s and they have also got a decent livery. Marussia on the other hand, despite have a normal nose managed to make the car ugly with their livery!! McLaren has best of both world (although their livery does look dated now). No wonder McLaren is the clear winner here. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder but the common and most popular opinion on beauty is rarely wrong!!

  19. I think the question should be change to “who’s the ugliest looking car in 2012?” for there would be lot’s of options or choices. With this question “Who’s got the best-looking car in 2012?”, of course that would be mclaren for they don’t have that “ugly” stepped nose and didn’t depart from the “Original F1 look”. If mclaren won’t win this question, that would be completely BS.

  20. With the proviso that, since the advent of the huge front wings and the tall, skinny rear wings, there is no good looking F1 car, the best looking car in 2012 is the McLaren, because it lacks the “hump” and has one of the better liveries.

    I do wish that they would lose the chrome and go back to the silver…not a big deal, though.

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