Although we have only seen the first race of the Formula One season, Jenson Button’s victory for McLaren in Melbourne has already sparked debate over whether the McLaren MP4-27 is the best in the field. In fact, there has been an incredible amount of discussion based purely on its appearance. There is no doubt that McLaren’s car is aesthetically the best on the track, but does this lead to success?
I would have to say yes. This may appear slightly ignorant, as the focus for everyone involved in Formula One is to create a car that can beat the rest. It is why engineering work and meticulous tests on the mechanics of the cars are continuously carried out. However, design and engineering go hand in hand; so if the car appears perfectly symmetrical, finely balanced and is wonderful to watch glide across the track this is no coincidence; it leads to titles.
Here is my pick of some of the greatest Formula One cars ever to grace the sport, let’s see how they compare: