Is It Impossible For F1 To Design A Pretty Car Anymore?

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Formula One fans have been waiting breathlessly for this year. Finally, we get bigger tires, bigger wings and a return to classic looks from bygone years. Or, uh, not.

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Another one of 2017's new F1 cars debuted today, the Sauber C36 Ferrari, following Williams.

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This is the second new F1 car we’ve seen out of the full field.

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The disappointment on my end is that it still looks like the last crop off butt-ugly F1 cars we’ve suffered through the past few years.

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The front wing is just as busy as before. The sides are just as lumpy as before. The nose still is shaped like a penis.

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Ultimately, this Sauber still looks like a series of compromises and small solutions within regulated confines, which it probably is. To keep teams even and affordable, F1's regulations tightly defines how cars can be shaped, and the cars usually end up looking like blocks of maximum widths here and minimum heights there. That’s why we have the dick noses, for instance.

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Maybe F1 can never go back to largely clean-sheet design. It could be too expensive, too fast, too unsustainable. Maybe it’s impossible to have a pretty car at the top of motorsports anymore.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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I’ve been following Jalopnik since 06-07 and I don’t recall them saying anything positive about F1.

At this point, I really wonder why they still bother. F1 has always been about function over form, and its non-spec series format makes it so, more often than not, one team will dominate all the other in a very savage way.

It was not different 10, 20, 30 or even 50 years ago. That is what f1 is. Don’t like this format, fine, but stop saying it’s not what it used to be.

But it’s true that F1 cars are not as good looking as they used to