2009-2011 were some great looking cars, aside from the small rear/large front wings. If they had been the other way round, I’d be hard pressed to argue against them being the prettiest F1 cars since the mid 60′s or some of the Ground Effect cars of ’78/79.
I guess that 2011 was the nicest looking of the years your asking about, then 2009 & 2010 respectivly. This years, Mclaren/Marussia aside, arent so nice because of those noses. Yet, I seem to be looking past that now, but its still there.
Scratch that. The new wings are pretty bad. But in 2009 the cars were shorter, which just exacerbated the look of disparity between the front and rear. 2010, despite some annoying F-ducts, possibly had the largest field of nice cars, with competition from 2011. The Renault R30 doesn’t stand out for me- the car did look pretty good, but that was almost solely livery. The bluff nose, which should be hideous, was somehow actually complemented by the classic Renault colours (as proved by the ungainly R30 at Goodwood in JPS colours). In contract, the R31 was a nice looking car let down by a poor livery. But 2010 had the only pretty Ferrari I remember for a long time, the Williams (although not bad in 2011) was very pretty, and the Red Bull slightly nicer than in 2011. Conversely, in 2010 the Mercedes W01 was ugly, as was the Toro Rosso, Sauber and every new team. the McLarens were equally ugly but interesting in each year.
2010 was the best, nice liveries and complex wings. Can’t think of a bad looking car that year, apart from the battleship gray HRT.
2011 were pretty decent too.
2009 was too simple in regards to the aero (boxy wings. See BMW F1.09) for my liking.
2012 cars look awful with the nose bumps, hopefully they sort it out for 2013.
2009 had the ugliest cars by far. All of them looked like a bunch of snow plows. 2012 cars are fairly good looking, but the noses just turn me off. The 2010 cars were great, but had too many shark fins. I guess 2011 beats it, but all of them are nowhere near as attractive as the cars in 2007-08 were.