I don’t know if everyone has the same opinion as me on the current regulations, but in my opinion the F1 cars of the past 2 years look stupid. To borrow something that I learned from Product Design, their just not aesthetically pleasing.
Go back to 2007/08, The nose’s were mostly narrow and low, with nicely curved front wings. The rear wings were low and wide, like a proper race car. And to top it all off, the amount of horns, ears and other human body parts on the car made them . I do agree with most that the McLaren, Honda and BMW’s ‘horns’(McLarens especially) did look rather silly, but to me the res of the F1 cars looked brilliant. Take the horns out and you’ve got great looking cars. The amount of (sorry for the basic term) aero bits on the car increased every year, giving you a visible representation of where the teams had found that new areas in the aero had worked.
Flash back to today and we have almost the opposite, with high, wide nose’s on almost every car. Flat, over developed front wings are also here today. Small, narrow wear wings, long wheelbases and bodywork that has no way of us knowing if a teams car has been improved or not. It doesn’t seem right.
So I ask the question, could F1 2007/08 wings be put on the cars in 2013, when ground effect returns to F1, giving downforce without making the turbulent wake. Would the ‘old wings’ interfere too much, would it level out or could we get cars that can overtake that have the old wings more easily than before?