The new F138 is gorgeous. It really is. Call it a "modesty panel" or "vanity panel", the lack of the stepped-nose really makes the car look like a proper F1 car again. And overall, now that we've had a few years with the new rules, I find the disparity between the huge front wing and the tiny tiny rear wing less visually jarring -- proving that with enough exposure, people can get used to anything.
The only dark thought which occurs to me is the thought that the car that has gotten the closest to being a world championship car has been the ugly one from last year.
I think I said a few years back when the car was ugly that the car would be considered beautiful if it was a winner. And I'm sure that would have applied to last year's car -- had it been ultimately successful.
Hopefully this car will pick up where the last one left off.