Amid all the ‘ugly’ talk, Alan Jones doesn’t mind the look of F1’s field of 2012. With McLaren the notable exception, every team has incorporated an awkward ‘step’ into its nose design as the optimum solution to new FIA rules.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motor sport director, recently decried the look as “pig ugly”. But 1980 world champion Jones doesn’t think so.
“I don’t think aesthetics matter, and anyway I don’t really find them (the 2012 cars) particularly ugly,” the Australian told GMM. “There’s a couple of interpretations of the new nose that aren’t as nice as some of the others, but there are a few out there that don’t look too bad at all.
“And I’ve never seen an ugly car in the winner’s circle.”
Meanwhile, another former world champion – 1982’s Keke Rosberg – described McLaren’s solution as aesthetically pleasing, but hopes the British team has not made a mistake by going a different route to the rest of the grid.
“At least it’s nice looking and I wish the others would have done the same,” said the Finn. “Jenson Button is quite a big guy and he has said he is sitting significantly lower than last year.
“If it (McLaren’s solution) suddenly becomes a problem for them, with the chassis already homologated then that’s just what they’ve got.”