The appearance of the latest generation of Formula One cars has been a major talking point during the off-season for one obvious reason.
Much as happened two years ago, a change in the rules regarding nose dimensions has led to the creation of some very unusual-looking cars.
While the question of aesthetics is ultimately a matter of taste it is a concern that the rules are now so tight the teams have little option other than to produce such unsightly creations.
But some will always be ore pleasing to the eye than others and there are some striking livery changes among the 2014 contenders as well. So for a moment let’s put aside the more important question of which is fastest and pick the best-looking car of 2014.
Red Bull RB10
It’s giving the team a lot of trouble but the RB10 has one of the more elegant approaches to the nose rules.
A steeply-sloped nose and a familiar colour scheme on the car which has been a major force in pre-season testing.
Ferrari F14 T
Ferrari added more black to their livery last year and there’s rather a lot of it at the rear of the new F14 T, perhaps to make it difficult for their rivals to spy developments in this sensitive area of the car.
While the most dramatic feature of the E22 is its asymmetric twin-tusked nose, the arrival of PDVSA branding sees more red on the car as the team continue to move away from the ‘black and gold’ look they began using three years ago.
McLaren have lost their Vodafone backing and will race in silver and black though they may have a new major sponsor soon.
Force India VJM07
Force India have also got out the black paint, partly to obscure the unfortunate nose of the VJM07.
Sauber overhauled their colour scheme last year and they’ve retained the look in the successor to the car which F1 Fanatic readers voted their favourite of 2013.
Toro Rosso STR9
Toro Rosso’s latest design has adopted a more curvaceous nose since testing began but the livery remains much the same.
Williams used a ‘heritage’ livery on their car in testing. Yesterday they revealed the definitive livery for the FW36 after announcing a sponsorship deal with Martini, whose colours have appeared on many great racing cars in the past.
Marussia updated their livery last year and have stuck with the same look for 2014.
Caterham have updated their style and the CT05’s livery has been revised again since the first test. The yellow of previous seasons has gone, replaced by silver and light green. But it’s the unique nose which attracts the most attention in their latest car.
Over to you
Who’s got the best-looking – or least-ugly – car this year? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.
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