Formula 1 cars straddle the blurred boundary between science and alchemy.
At their most basic, they are simply machines designed to do a job. Yet the finest of their breed cast off their shackles as mere mechanical instruments, developing their own character and adding to the beauty of grand prix racing.
Such cars are rare. To find out which ones stood out about the rest, AUTOSPORT's sister publication F1 Racing asked the people who know best: the designers and technical staff, past and present, who have devoted their lives to improving the breed of F1 cars.