Which team has the best-looking car of 2014?

2014 F1 season

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 read 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 (1%)
  • Toro Rosso STR9 (0%)
  • Williams FW36 (46%)
  • Marussia MR03 (2%)
  • Caterham CT05 (1%)
  • No opinion (1%)

Total Voters: 785

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

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  1. Uzair Syed (@ultimateuzair) said on 8th March 2014, 14:04

    Still voted for Mercedes. But Williams in the new Martini livery is now a close second.

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 8th March 2014, 14:52

    The Red Bull has the nicest of the protruding noses, the Mercedes and the Ferrari with the slide ont he nose don’t appeal to me very much. The Marussia is once again clean, but the Williams with its livery stands out!

  3. Joseph said on 9th March 2014, 8:24

    Mercedes W05 and Williams FW36.

  4. Babar Ali said on 10th March 2014, 12:41

    “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the ugliest of them all “

  5. Fernando (@fernanzazpi) said on 11th March 2014, 14:54

    Martini – Williams…
    glup!
    Next please! :)

  6. PJA (@pja) said on 14th March 2014, 18:34

    The new cars with those noses are not going to come near the top of any polls for best looking F1 car ever and I think they even make the stepped noses look good.

    I think the term anteater nose seems a polite name for this generation of noses rather than some of the names they have been called, so I will use that.

    I couldn’t vote for any of the cars which have the anteater type of nose as the best looking, although Red Bull have probably done the best job of hiding it using the livery.

    The Williams Martini livery is good, but I don’t think it is as good as some of the fan designs doing the rounds before the actual design was revealed.

    Out of the other cars I think the Ferrari vacuum cleaner nose is almost as bad as the anteater ones.

    I do quite like the Lotus twin tusk but I think I will have to vote for the Mercedes as overall best looking car.

    My views may change after a few races as I have mainly so far only seen photos of the cars and not much TV footage.

  7. I can’t understand why people are saying that the Red Bull has the prettiest nose! It’s got a big bump hanging off the end of it. Having said that it’s still a good looking car.
    My vote though would have to Mercedes, it looks sleek and fast and doesn’t have any weird appendages hanging off the nose.

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