Lauda: F1 will adjust to ugly looking cars

Niki Lauda (AUT). Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday 10 September 2011.

Niki Lauda

Mar.12 (GMM) Triple world champion Niki Lauda thinks Formula 1 will soon adjust to the unattractive look of this year’s cars.

Most of the 2012 cars, except the Marussia and the McLaren, feature an odd ‘step’ between the front of the monocoque and the mandatory, new lower height of the nose.

The FIA’s Charlie Whiting defended the move on safety grounds, conceding however that “they do all look like ducks”.

Lauda said: “I think that, this year, we have the ugliest cars we’ve ever had.

“The look, simply, is a disaster. Why must I look at something ugly, when it could be different?” he complained.

“But, ultimately, it’s like my face — if you see me almost every Saturday and Sunday, as the RTL[television] viewers do, then you get used to it,” he told the German-language Speed Week.

“At some point you don’t even notice that I’m missing an ear. So it’s just the same with these noses — after three races, it will hardly be talked about anymore.

“But, basically, we should try to have F1 cars looking more like Angelina Jolie than ugly ducks,” added Lauda.

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