F1’s ugliest cars: In Photos

Formula One cars are meant to be beautiful creations but not everyone gets the memo…

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1971 March 711
1971 March 711

1971 March 711

The front wing of the March 711 was nicknamed the ‘tea-tray’ but it looked more a place for the team to iron their team wear. This surfboard design was more suited to the water than the race track, preferably underwater so no one has to see it ever again.

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2001 Arrows A22
2001 Arrows A22

2001 Arrows A22

Because having two aero wings is too mainstream, Arrows decided they’d put a third one onto the A22. The Monaco Grand Prix is tough enough as it so it can’t have been easy for their drivers to have a big wing right in their view.

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2008 Honda RA108
2008 Honda RA108

2008 Honda RA108

There’s been plenty of stunning liveries in Formula One; the earth car wasn’t one of them. The car itself was far from a looker too and to add insult to injury it was also pretty damn rubbish, scoring just four points finishes all year.

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1976 Ligier JS5
1976 Ligier JS5

1976 Ligier JS5

In 1976 the Ligier team turned up with a car that seemed to be carrying some holiday weight from the winter break. If 'Le Smurf's' air intake was any taller, it’d have trouble getting through the Monaco tunnel.

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2012 Ferrari F2012
2012 Ferrari F2012

2012 Ferrari F2012

The Formula One community were stunned when Ferrari appeared to have made their new car out of Lego. It didn’t get much better though as most of the 2012 cars followed this step-nosed design.

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2004 Williams FW26
2004 Williams FW26

2004 Williams FW26

In 1967 The Beatles sang “I am the walrus,” in 2004 Williams became the walrus. Their FW26 had a radical front nose cone upon release but halfway through the year it was ditched for a more conventional design.

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2014 McLaren MP4-29
2014 McLaren MP4-29

2014 McLaren MP4-29

It looks like the 2014 Formula One cars aren’t going to be the best looking bunch. The new design has been nicknamed the ‘anteater’ but most fans are quick to point out that it looks more like some aerodynamic reproductive organs...

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