Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Jerez, 2014

New cars’ looks are “not good enough” – Alonso

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Jerez, 2014Fernando Alonso says F1’s engineers need to find ways of making this year’s generation of cars look better.

The appearance of many of the new cars has drawn criticism as teams have resorted to unorthodox solutions to new aerodynamic regulations. Many cars feature long, thin noses while Alonso’s Ferrari has a steeply sloping front.

“They are uglier,” Alonso admitted in an interview for CNN. “I think we have to be honest with our fans and ourselves first of all.”

“They are not good enough because people look Formula One like excellence of motorsport, of aerodynamics, excellence of performance and technology. And when you see those front parts of the car, it doesn’t look like all the things we’ve said.

“I think we will find different solutions. The engineers are clever enough to make the car fast and also beautiful.”

Alonso added he will have to perform at the top of his game this year in order to stay ahead of new team mate Kimi Raikkonen.

“I think he’s very talented,” said Alonso, “so that is a huge help and a huge motivation for myself, first, and also for the team because the team knows it has to deliver a good car because Kimi will deliver a good result.”

“Myself, I know that I need to deliver at my best. If not, I will not be able to be in front of Kimi. So that is only a good and positive news for Ferrari.”

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  1. I’m pretty sick of everyone involved in F1 publicly moaning about F1. If you bang on and on and on about how cars are hideous looking, then people will believe it. The cars don’t look bad – some of the frontal appendages are a bit odd looking, but otherwise I think the cars generally look great. Definitely better than the cars which featured those hideous fins connecting the airbox to the rear wing, that made the cars look like vans in profile. And y’know, it’s really time to stop complaining about this. The look of the cars was predicted almost as soon as the rules were published, and now the cars have rolled out looking exactly how we expected them to. There was ample time for people to take action back then but nobody wanted to, so here we are. Just accept it, stop whining about it, because about ten minutes into the first session you will have gotten used to them. Just like we got used to the odd wings in 2009.

  2. All of this years cars look great on radio.

  3. Let’s face it, 2014 is the year of the Lego car.

  4. LOLWUT?!
    I don’t understand this criticism at all! The 2014 cars look 1000 times better than last season’s cars. They actually are some of the best looking cars in the last 10 years.

    Low nose (with or w/o the penis) >>> High flat plate nose of any kind.

  5. It looks like Ferrari has been trying out different noses, possibly trying to come up with something that looks a little better, and yet satisfies aero and F1 requirements.

    This one reminds me of something; I can’t quite put my finger on what.

  6. Why is everyone so worried how they look when all we want is to see are cars racing .
    How many of the early racing cars were criticised on their looks. Lets just hope they’re fast.

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