Which team has the best-looking car of 2014?

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Bahrain, 2014

It’s giving the team a lot of trouble but the RB10 has one of the more elegant approaches to the nose rules.

Mercedes W05

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014

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

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014

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.

Lotus E22

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Bahrain, 2014

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 MP4-29

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Bahrain, 2014

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

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Bahrain, 2014

Force India have also got out the black paint, partly to obscure the unfortunate nose of the VJM07.

Sauber C33

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Bahrain, 2014

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

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Bahrain, 2014

Toro Rosso’s latest design has adopted a more curvaceous nose since testing began but the livery remains much the same.

Williams FW36

Williams FW36 - Martini livery reveal, 2014

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 MR03

Max Chilton, Marussia, Bahrain, 2014

Marussia updated their livery last year and have stuck with the same look for 2014.

Caterham CT05

Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, Bahrain, 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.

Which is the best-looking car of 2014?

  • Red Bull RB10 (16%)
  • Mercedes W05 (19%)
  • Ferrari F14 T (4%)
  • Lotus E22 (3%)
  • McLaren MP4-29 (5%)
  • Force India VJM07 (2%)
  • Sauber C33 (2%)
  • Toro Rosso STR9 (0%)
  • Williams FW36 (46%)
  • Marussia MR03 (2%)
  • Caterham CT05 (1%)
  • No opinion (0%)

Total Voters: 786

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126 comments on “Which team has the best-looking car of 2014?”

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  1. The Caterham has to win this one, it is the only truly green entrant.

  2. The Williams-Martini is the stuff that dreams are made of as a package and reminds me of the toy F1 cars I would play with as a kid. Overall, for me, it has to be the winner.

    The RB10 is probably the best looking car but I have an issue with anything that looks as though Red Bull has thrown-up all over it. The livery RB used at Silverstone in 2012 was fantastic (lighter blue made up of faces).

    A lot of people have been complimenting the new Force India livery and I have to agree. The problem is that it’s covering a vehicle that appears to have a camouflaged proboscis monkey at the front! I blush every time I see it (and the Toro Rosso).

    As a McLaren fan it’s a shame about the nose on the MP4-29. For me it would have been the pick of the bunch if it weren’t for its “one-eyed snake”…

    It’ll be fascinating to see what these cars morph into over the course of the season as teams get used to the new regs and augment their cars accordingly. Maybe Caterham have got the design right and we’ll end up watching the World Porpoise Racing Championships!

    1. As a reminder, RB’s 2012 Silverstone livery HERE

      1. That’s far better than the one they did before that (Coulthard’s last race?).

      2. Dude, you should have given a warning to put on sunglasses before pulling up that image :)

    2. Mark Smith of Caterham told Ted Kravitz that they’ll be going with a Lotus-style nose from Spain onwards.

  3. the williams is very pretty

  4. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    7th March 2014, 13:27

    From a physical perspective, I think it’s between Mercedes, Red Bull and Sauber. Honourable mention to Williams.

    From a paint job perspective, it’s Williams hands down. I like Caterham’s metallic green colour scheme, and Red Bull’s pearlescent purple and blue just looks terrific.

  5. Caterham in front of Sauber and STR so far :D.
    1. Mercedes
    2. Ferrari
    3. RB

  6. I like both the Mercedes and Williams especially with the return of martini but Marussia win this for me hands down. their colour combination of black and red has always been a favourite of mine and the way the have designed the livery this year looks even better. in terms of the worst looking it has to be the lotus (not a fan of the twin tusk nose)

    1. Marussia have a great paint job, really smart and sharp looking.

      Lotus is just awful. The paint job is just a mess now, it looked great a couple of years ago in its retro guise, now it just looks bad.

  7. Williams

    The Williams – regardless of the Martini branding, looks great in white.

  8. I guess beauty is on the eye of the beholder (except for caterham that car is universally ugly), but i really like the shape of the new McLaren, looks purposeful! I cannot let that martini livery go unnoticed though, It really shows how simple designs like in old timer race cars look absolutely great, mainly because they let the bodywork show.

  9. Paul (@frankjaeger)
    7th March 2014, 13:48

    Livery – Williams
    Car – Mercedes or Red Bull

  10. Best looking car? Red Bull. Their keel nose solution is pretty well hidden, and pretty neat.
    The overall shape of the car is absolutely beautiful. The front is nicely sloped, and as usual the rear bodywork is stunningly well shaped. When they cut holes in it that is.
    Mercedes is okay, but the way the nose drops is quite awkward. Same with Ferrari.
    Best Livery? Certainly Williams. But I just can’t get over the nose. It’s still nasty.

  11. I agree,
    Red bull for design and Williams for livery!
    Vote has gone to the RB10

  12. Red Bull and Mercedes have the prettiest noses, the W05 looks pretty badass overall… very much a car that looks ‘quick’. However, the Williams’ always looked clean and tidy to me, and I never saw what the fuss was about their nose, and the Martini livery has topped it all off.

  13. Williams.

    Yes the livery could have a bit more to it, but it reminds me of their BMW days.

  14. Pjams (@jack-burton)
    7th March 2014, 14:25

    And I have issues with each of those cars, but they’re the least offensive. F1 has completely lost sight of itself and it’s taken an incredible amount of money and oversight to do so. I don’t think there is a single thing the sport does that I can point to and say, “look, that is how it’s supposed to be done, this is the benchmark”. (IT and logistics aside)

  15. The Williams livery is a beautiful thing. Vaguely reminds me of the Stewart cars at the end of the last millennium, which I was also a fan of.

  16. The retro Williams Martini FW36, without a doubt! :)

  17. I’m surprised that Williams is winning. For me, the nose is more noticeable and horrible since the change in livery. So although the livery is nice, it doesn’t rescue the aesthetics of the front of the car, which are probably most important for me.

    The Red Bull is the classiest looking one for me. The finger isn’t very obvious, and the shape of the rest of the nose is lovely.

    The Mercedes has too blunt a nose and the silly looking camera mounts which prevent it from being my favourite, but it is nice to see a low nose that isn’t hideous (Ferrari). It is a bit flat though, whereas a nice looking low nose needs more of a curve, particularly in profile.

    McLaren is interesting. The finger looks like an insect proboscis. Certainly not pretty at the very front, but I find it more weird than ugly.

    Marussia is a fairly clean design, but it just looks a bit bulkier and more basic than the others- it doesn’t look as fast to me.

    I don’t hate the Sauber either. It has a fairly prominent finger, but it looks more purposeful than the Williams’ and the livery fits it better.

  18. Just an opinion, but that Martini livery is quite overrated actually. It’s quite similar to all the other serious-mood Williams they always make.

  19. conway stern
    7th March 2014, 15:45

    which one’s the best? how about none of them.

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