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F1 POLL: Which team has the best-looking car?

Looks aren't everything, right? Tell that to F1 teams who spend millions designing their car liveries! CLICK HERE to tell us which of the 12 different designs look great, and which need junking!
How much do appearances matter to an F1 car? We don't mean the shape of the front wing, that dreadful step in the nose, or holes and slots in the floor that affect the aerodynamics. We're talking about purely the colours the car is painted and the visual design of how they're applied to the bodywork. Something like that can't seriously affect performance one jot, surely?

And yet just look at the way lapped traffic leaps out of the way when they realise a big red Ferrari is bearing down on them, or the way other drivers are instantly on their guard as a Red Bull looms on the horizon. Can it be mere coincidence that the fortunes of Lotus' F1 team surged when they switched from that awful all-yellow eyesore of recent years and adopted instead the iconic JPS design? Maybe their rivals are now too busy admiring the paintwork and cooing over the way the sun sparkles on that black-and-gold bodywork as it flashes past them.

Like it or not, looks are and always have been important in F1 - and we'd like to find out from the Crash.net readers exactly which car livery is the most successful at getting your pulse racing during an F1 Grand Prix. Is it the glistening silver cousins of McLaren or Mercedes? The fiercely proud national colours of Force India? The understated reserve of Williams or Sauber? The seldom-seen HRT or the often-confused Toro Rosso? The bold red-and-black Marussia or the classic green-and-gold of Caterham?

Here's your opportunity to let us know which of the 12 different car bodywork paint jobs you rate the best, and which ones you don't like at all. To start submitting your ratings, all you have to do is CLICK HERE and you'll have the chance to rate each car in turn out of ten, from 1 meaning 'wouldn't be seen dead driving that' all the way up to 10 for 'even more gorgeous to look at than the grid girls.'

We look forward to seeing what you decide and which car livery comes top in this poll in your estimation. We'll provide a definitive countdown later in the month, based on all the average scores, so remember to check back just before Spa to see whether everyone else agrees with you and whether your favourite does indeed manage to come out on top.



Related Pictures

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27.07.2012- Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
20.07.2012 - Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
27.07.2012- Free Practice 1, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
28.07.2012- Free Practice 3, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8
20.07.2012 - Free Practice 2, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
20.07.2012 - Free Practice 3, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05
29.07.2012- Race, Start of the race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014- Race, Andre Lotterer (GER), Caterham F1 Team
24.08.2014- Race, Peter Sauber (SUI), Sauber F1 Team motorhome
24.08.2014- Race, Press conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
24.08.2014- Race, Celebration, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 race winner
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 with Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.08.2014- Race, Celebration, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 race winner
24.08.2014- Race, Press conference, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 with Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.08.2014- Race, Chequered flag for Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 race winner
24.08.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03

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1Jez

August 11, 2012 2:00 PM

It annoys me so much when people comment without reading the article. It specifically said PAINT, not body shape! Ugh... I quite like the Caterham as a race car livery. Red bull looks cool, but Torro Rosso is too busy. Ferrari is classic, McLaren is iconic, Mercedes is... misguided. Sauber is too bland, though better than last year. I'm probably alone hear in thinking that the Lotus doesn't do much for me, but it's certainly isn't ugly. Force India is smooth, Williams is neat, understated and kinda sexy. Marrusia and HRT looks could possibly be prejudiced by their lack of pace. But that's just my opinion. :)



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