The only ones cheering on the 2014 Formula 1 parade of dangling proboscises are probably wildlife anatomists, but here's a thought: are they really that ugly? When's the last time an Formula 1 car looked really good—not just good for an F1 car, but good for a car?

This has sparked a discussion over at Road & Track: when functionality trumps design, how can we judge the results? Read this and see where you stand.