Former triple world champion Niki Lauda has added his voice to jibes about the aesthetics of formula one's class of 2009.

Former triple world champion Niki Lauda has added his voice to jibes about the aesthetics of formula one's class of 2009.

Six of the nine teams have now revealed their 2009 contenders, conforming with sweeping new bodywork regulations designed to promote overtaking.

But the loss of detailed aerodynamic appendages, and the radical new unsymmetrical look of the front and rear wing dimensions, have raised eyebrows on the verges of winter test tracks.

The famously straight-talking Lauda told the German sports magazine Kicker: "They look like combine-harvesters, with the enormous front sections -- especially the Renault."

59-year-old Lauda said the best-looking car so far is the McLaren MP4-24, which following Lewis Hamilton's 2008 drivers' championship bears the number one.

"The only one that almost still looks like a racing car is the McLaren-Mercedes," the Austrian confirmed.

 

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