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. Williams for me. Beautiful in blue and perfect in Martini colours.

  2. Shape: Red Bull or McLaren.

    Livery: Williams.

  3. These cars have really grown on me over the last few weeks. Merc, Ferrari & Williams look much better with the low nose and no step.

  4. Force India livery + Mercedes chassis = BEAST!

  5. RB10… by far. Just look at the nose and you’ll see it’s like the only car that seems to be from a different season/year.

    I don’t see the hype about the Mercedes. Has a slightly better looking nose than Ferrari.

    Best looking liveries in my opinion: Williams, McLaren, Caterham, RBR.

  6. Spud (@the-spuditron)
    7th March 2014, 16:40

    Best looking car: Red Bull. The new rules haven’t had a bad effect on it, looks-wise at least.
    Best looking livery: Team Enstone. Just because.

  7. Graham (@guitargraham)
    7th March 2014, 17:00

    Williams Martini of course. its a classic livery and the car itself is very tidy

  8. Conspiracy theory #486 about Ferrari. I still prefer the 2014 to the 2012 or 2013, the step noses were much more OCD sensitive.

    1. Indeed, and they were a lot worse-looking than the 2014 noses, except Force India’s, Toro Rosso’s, and Caterham’s.

  9. I don’t know, it’s a difficult choice. The RB10 is really elegant, the problem is that I don’t like the Red Bull livery.
    I have a soft spot for Mclaren. It’s weird, but I kinda like it. It’s a shame that the livery is so boring at the moment, otherwise I probably would have voted it.
    The FW36 is certainly a very good looking car, shame about the nose.

    In the end I’m voting the RB10, but I guess that my opinion could change. Afterall, I remember that I hated the new Sauber livery last year, but by the end of the year I loved it.

  10. 1) Merc – Aggressive and Elegant
    2) Williams – Sporty and Fun
    3) RBR – Subtle and Classy

  11. And the Oscar goes to… Red Bull Racing for best makeup.

    Got to say Mercedes looks decent and Williams has the best livery.

  12. And the Oscars go to:
    Best livery goes to: Williams
    Best Nose: Red Bull
    Best profile: Sauber
    Best overall package: Silver Arrows!!!

    I do admit…that bloody Red Bull looks TIGHT. If they ever get their engine working, they scare me.

  13. Keith,

    We should do an Ugliest Car vote next! Yes, I know it’s mean…but it would kind of apply this year. LOL

    1. Lotus have won. Or have Force India? Or maybe Caterham.

      Actually The Force Inida and Lotus look crap from every angle, the Caterham looks kind of ok from the side/ back…

  14. Red Bull – Best shape (the side pods and nose solution are very elegant) Williams – Best livery (the good kind of retro) Overall best is the Mercedes, fast and nice to look at. FI and TR are hideous.

  15. The results are going in exactly the order (at least for the top 5) I predicted!

  16. I really like the Mercedes and Williams, but in the end I voted for Marussia: a modern livery that suits the beautiful car perfectly.

  17. Are we talking about livery or body shape? It’s williams in 1st case and red bull in 2nd case, to me.

  18. Toro Rosso STR9 not too popular

  19. This is interesting, Nico Hulkenberg is yet to complete one racing lap at Melbourne in his three appearances there… Talk about bad luck

  20. Call me crazy but I voted for Lotus. I always liked their livery and they seem to have the most inventive design. I like the E22.
    Second is Marussia followed by Mercedes and Williams.

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