New F1 Name & Number Requirements

Formula 1 has some new regulations, requiring teams to have numbers on the bodywork at a minimum size of 230mm tall, and names or abbreviations at a minimum size of 150mm tall. A little bit pointless, but let’s see how some of the teams have interpreted the rules.

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Ferrari Spain 1

Ferrari have gone retro, basing their numbers off the classic designs of the 70s. I’m not a big fan of this and feel as though it can only be enjoyed with a nostalgic lense. The nose especially is jarring, without blending into the livery very well.

Mercedes Spain

Mercedes have been a little more creative, having the number and name abbreviation on the shark fin, along with each driver’s respective flag, fading out toward the engine. The font style used for the letters isn’t quite what I’d imagine seeing in this situation, but overall a creative interpretation of the new rules.

Williams Spain

Williams have gone a different route, with an almost hidden abbreviation at the bottom of the rear wing end plate. This matches the rest of the livery very well and fefrains from being obnoxious, using what would have otherwise been an empty part of the livery.

Red Bull Spain

Red Bull have decided on big numbers on the shark fin, but the really good news is that the fin is now blue and the bull’s tail is complete! Overall, fits in very well.

McLaren Spain

Lastly, McLaren have filled in the numbers of the nose and have gone with a basic black on white look. While I’ve not had a close up look at this, it looks as though it’s a great interpretation, but looking forward to inspecting it further.

A couple of neat designs and a few that could use some refinement. I’m glad that while this is a completely pointless rule, it hasn’t managed to make the cars look terrible. Let’s see what all the teams come up with and if any changes will have been made by Sunday.

 

New F1 Name & Number Requirements

Livery Round-Up – 2017 Formula 1 Field

Melbourne Pack

Formula 1 is finally back, and it looks like the Mercedes stranglehold is over…at least for the time being. A terrific win for Vettel, but at the same time, a lot of our fears have been realised with very few overtakes, and following closely proving very difficult.

Racing aside, how lucky are we in terms of liveries this year? Easily the most colourful grid in 15 years and after a few years of dull, dark grids, I couldn’t be happier.

Ferrari

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After the big white engine cover brought little success in 2016, it has been swiftly relegated to the shark fin this year. A bit of a shame if you ask me, as it was a nice change from the solid red of recent years, but it’s good to see that they’ve at least kept it in a smaller form. The tricolore design on this white section is a great touch.

Ferrari 1

The red remains standard and I’m disappointed not to see a more exciting shade, but it does look nice in real life. The logo placement is looking increasingly cluttered, especially on the sidepod. While the Ferrari sidepod has always been a billboard for various logos, it hasn’t often looked this messy. The Ray Ban, UPS and Shell logos just don’t blend very well. Elsewhere on the livery there’s a pinstripe spike jutting out of the cockpit which would look better solid, or perhaps as a variation of the tricolore. A typically above average Ferrari livery.

★★★

 

Force India

Australian F1 Grand Prix

Who in their right mind would have predicted a pink car on the grid this year? The beauty of this is two fold; we wave goodbye the ugliest livery on the grid and in its place is a fresh, exciting and unique sight. Pink is one of the most uncommon colours in F1, seen on a car on just a few occasions and never as a majority colour, so it’s so refreshing to see it in 2017.

On the other side of the coin, the design has remained largely the same. However, this just exemplifies how important colour choice is on a livery. Whilst the black and silver was universally regarded as ugly, the pink in its place makes the design more than acceptable.

Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Australian Grand Prix - Practice Day - Melbourne, Australia

What was the orange line has now been split into two lines, with a lovely dark pink contrasting well against the light pink, but the silver accompanying it gets a little lost and would have looked at least a little better if it were black, matching the rest of the livery and logos a lot better. The added lines on the shark fin are welcome, as it was a very empty section on the launch livery.

The BWT logo is the only blue on the car, and while it would have matched the livery a lot better if it were black, you can understand the sponsor limitations. The black around the sidepod openings look fantastic, as do the wings, which further prove to me that black would have been a better option than silver elsewhere on the car.

★★★★

 

Haas

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Very few teams will receive a lower rating than last year, but Haas is probably the worst offender. They launched last year with a questionable silver, before updating with a lovely mostly white livery. This year they’ve gone with Hispania grey as the majority colour, which is a baffling decision to me. The car already looked great last year, which makes me wonder why they’ve thought a change was required in the first place. This grey is a generally unattractive colour, especially in Motorsport against the tarmac background.

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The design itself is largely unchanged, with the red on the side of the nose dragged a little further back, as well as the rear wing end plates being split between red and black, and the shark fin having a very interesting WEC looking design. I’m surprised the latter element wasn’t spread to other areas of the car, namely the wings, as it could have added some life to an otherwise incredibly dull livery.

Once again, very few sponsors on the car, but luckily the Haas logo is terrific and adds some good looks to the sidepods and rear wing. Overall, this is a super dull livery, looking as though the designers took advice from Ron Dennis. It’s not ugly, but definitely boring.

★★

 

McLaren

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After weeks of hype, McLaren unveiled a largely orange car to the world in February and have kept with it for the first round in Melbourne. While part of me is very excited to see a brightly coloured McLaren on the grid after a few years of dim cars, it has left me wanting more.

The orange itself is rather strong, whereas I would have much preferred to see a slightly lighter, Papaya orange. That said, McLaren may have gone with an evolution rather than a throwback, so fair play to them. The shade of orange does change slightly depending on lighting, but looks best when it looks lighter.

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In terms of design, what we’ve got is a classic generic look, like a standard choice from a video game, which doesn’t do the historic colour justice. This is exaggerated in my eyes by the white outline, which it could do without, or at least in a different form. It’s a shame that they couldn’t put something more involved on the car.

However, it’s not to say there shouldn’t be any white on the car, as the white section along the sidepod looks fantastic. My final gripe with this livery is the orange that is broken in up front of the cockpit, where it would have looked just fine as a continuous section all the way along the top.

★★★☆

 

Mercedes

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After all the exciting change above, Mercedes is still Mercedes. The usual silver is this time accompanied by some interesting looking neon lines, in varying shades of Petronas turquoise along the sidepods and wings.

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They are sticking with the airbrushed black on the engine cover and airbox which I’ve never really liked. It’s an overall standard livery, which we’ve grown accustomed, if not indifferent to.

★★★

 

Red Bull

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Red Bull have seen little change from 2016 and everyone should be more than OK with this. It’s still a stunning livery and if anything, has had some minor improvements made for the new season. A big reason for this is Mobil 1 replacing Total as oil supplier, meaning the wing end plates are now navy, and this has allowed a thin red line to now extend onto the rear wing. This leads to a far cleaner look overall and takes it that one step further.

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Only questionable thing is the Bull not extending onto the shark fin, which would be the logical thing to do, but this doesn’t take away from the livery.

★★★★★

 

Renault

Australian F1 Grand Prix

Renault have made some considerable changes this season, with the car being split just about 50/50 between yellow and black. This split is made right at the start of the sidepods, with just one tail of yellow running all the way toward the rear from this point, on both sides. This would work a lot better if the end of the yellow wasn’t so abrupt, and there was a slightly more gradual introduction of the black. Instead it leaves the yellow stripes looking a little out of place, rather than totally integrated. The yellow along the top of the shark fin works a lot better. Some black stripes on the nose also could have gone a long way to complete the livery here, but I wouldn’t put the house on it.

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There is definitely a Mild Seven feel to this livery, and with some black on the top of the nose, it’s a lot more similar than I had initially thought. It’s a decent livery in its own right, but not enough to make it better than last year’s simpler design. Colour choice keeps it above average for me.

★★★☆

 

Sauber

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Sauber have been in the same boat as many these last few years; having seemingly endless options but producing below par liveries. To everyone’s surprise, they’ve bucked the trend this year and created a real stunner.

With Banco do Brasil ditching Felipe Nasr and ending his hopes of a drive, we thought a dull blue and white livery was on the cars. Instead, Sauber have chosen a beautiful deep metallic blue to adorn the car, matched with a clean white along the side of the nose and sidepods. It’s a nice crisp contrast between the two, although the gap in the white for the driver numbers is a little odd.

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Another surprise was the choice of gold as a third colour, introduced to celebrate their 25th season in Formula 1. Whilst I’d have preferred a slightly stronger or yellow-er gold for lack of a better word, it matches the livery very well and adds a bit of spice to complete the look. The pinstripe placement of the gold actually works on this occasion and just looks really nice.

It’s another year with few sponsors on the car, but at least this season the cardoesn’t look too empty.

★★★★☆

 

Toro Rosso

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Now I’ve spoken about surprises throughout this post, but none compare to this. I’ve been begging Toro Rosso to change their livery for years, but my hopes slowly waned until there was none at all. There were whispers of a colour change at the start of the year, but not enough to get me believing. Then they pop up with this.

It’s not a simple colour change, but a total overhaul of the tired, dusty Toro Rosso design entirely. In comes a new, beautiful blueberry main colour which shimmers purple in the sunlight, accompanied by a vibrant red and incredible chrome silver. All the colours gel superbly with each other and stand out so well in their own right.

Toro Rosso 2

Everything that I hated about the old livery is history. The bull graphic past its use by date – gone. The boring, dull gold – gone. The generic, half hearted designs – gone. Replacing this is a super simple design; one thick red line along the side, with a bull on the engine cover matching the new edition cans and red wing end plates I can now enjoy.

Everything on this car works so well and is compounded by the sheer surprise and joy I felt upon seeing they’d actually made a change. If I could give more stars, I would. You know what, I enjoyed this so much they can have gold stars. Oh, and it looks fantastic in real life too.

★★★★★

 

Williams

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It’s hard to follow that up. Williams are the complete opposite, having stuck with the same livery for another year. We’ve already spoken about this, they need to mix it up, hopefully we get some change next year.

Formula One World Championship 2017, Round 1, Australian Grand Prix

The only real difference this year is the Martini stripes extending and spreading out on the shark fin. Like I’ve said before it still looks good but is now dangerously close to becoming stale.

★★★

 

What a grid we have for 2017. So many colours but more importantly, so many good looking liveries. The happiest I’ve been going into round 1 in a number of years. Let’s hope the championship fight stays close and the racing gets better and better.

 

Bonus Awards

Best Looker Award – Toro Rosso

Both of the Red Bull teams look great this year, but Toro Rosso is simply beautiful and my pick of the 2017 grid.

Least Attractive Award – Haas

Nothing particularly offensive this season, but Haas is just dull and boring, which is disappointing considering what they had last season.

Biggest Nagger Award – McLaren

A potential beauty here, but is let down by a generic design.

Is This Real Life? Award – Toro Rosso

A day I thought would never come. They’ve made significant changes and pulled them off spectacularly.

Potential Barbie Sponsorship Award – Force India

Not just pink, but baby pink! I wonder if Mattel would be interested in a sponsorship deal?

 

Livery Round-Up – 2017 Formula 1 Field

Livery Launches – Ferrari SF70H & McLaren MCL32

He’s what was revealed to us last night in Fiorano last night:

ferrari-2017

At first it looks like a downgrade, but really this is more or less a standard Ferrari livery. The white section is gone from the engine cover, allowing the Scuderia Ferrari logo to be massive. The white has therefore moved to the shark fin, and I think this was a good move, as white on the fin and the engine cover would have been overpowering. Just looks even more cluttered with logos this year.

mclaren-2017

Everyone was excited to see that McLaren lived up to their orange hype! It’s a lovely shade (although it looked way too dark at the launch) of orange and I’m glad to see it back. Unfortunately, the design is totally unimaginative. When I design liveries, this is usually my first stage, throwing some shapes on the car and getting inspiration, but looks like McLaren didn’t bother to go any further.

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It ends up looking like a GP3 livery (in fact, that Arden livery is more impressive), or a Virgin Marussia as many have pointed out and while it isn’t ugly, it has a generic, basic quality to it. I feel as though they didn’t put as much effort as they should have into this. The white section on the sidepod could have been expanded to other parts of the car to make it more elaborate. This car is a true nagger.

Livery Launches – Ferrari SF70H & McLaren MCL32

Livery Mockups – 2017 Formula 1 Field

The most exciting part of the year for us livery junkies is just around the corner; F1 launches! Big changes in the regulations mean the cars will look very different, but there’s every chance liveries will be quite different too. With a bunch of driver and sponsor changes, I’m very excited to see what the teams present to us this year.

After last year’s successful post, I’ve decided to get a few other designers from International Motorsports Graphics to draw up their thoughts, and explore liveries from a number different design angles. Thanks for your contributions WhiskyTangoFoxtrot and LiveriesAreTheBest!

Special thanks to StylePixelStudios for the beautiful template and without further ado, here are our 2017 Formula 1 field mockups, followed by a short description from each designer.

Ferrari

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – Knowing that Ferrari is going to get rid of the white part in their livery – which I consider a mistake – I have chosen to keep it in this rather angular design. I have also added a cheeky touch of green to include all the colors of the Italian tricolor.

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LiveriesAreTheBest – I made 2 other takes of what a Ferrari 2017 livery might look like, but this all-red one suits the best, taking inspiration from the 2007 Ferrari. A much different Scuderia Ferrari logo on the engine cover looks somewhat better for me than the original one.

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The Livery Blog – In the 2000s I got sick of the Marlboro/Vodafone white on the Ferraris and ever since, I had an aversion to the combo. This year, however, I discovered that I may have overcome it. Instead of going for black as a secondary colour, which I always thought looked best, I’ve played with distribution of white. Since the rumours in the Italian media (which are often true) say that the white engine cover will be gone, I’ve gone with small sections of white behind the airbox, in front of the cockpit and along the bottom side of the car. I’ve also kept the Italian flag on the airbox, which was a nice touch last year. The red used is also a slightly different hue. The Marlboro Scuderia Ferrari logo will inevitably remain , as will the white wings. That said, perhaps they will try to mimic the black of the 1990 Ferrari. Because emulating and old livery brought them so much success last year.

Force India

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The Livery Blog – I’m not sure how big an investment Johnnie Walker have actually put into Force India, but here I’m assuming they’ll be on the sidepods. I’ve taken inspiration from the Force India liveries of 2009/10 which I really liked and applied swooping bright green and orange lines along the car, but with a black base, in line with their current image.

So what if Johnnie Walker had a beefy sponsorship and decided to promote one of their brands?

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My alternative is a Johnnie Walker Black Label livery. I’ve tried my best to minimise the JPS/Renault/Lotus resemblance but the similarities can’t really be avoided. I’ve used the bottle label on the sidepod, a design I’ve always been a fan of, so no real need to mess with it. On the rest of the car, I’ve used two different shades of gold, a lighter shade on the logos and shape outlines, with a darker shade half filling those shapes. These colours just work incredibly well together.

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LiveriesAreTheBest – This one is inspired by Force India’s 2008 testing livery. Silver/orange at the front and orange/green at the back.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – For Force India, I have created a very straight-lined design that attempts to have a place for each one of their many minor sponsors. The old combination of orange, white and green has replaced their predominantly black-and-silver designs of recent years.

Haas

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – I made the American flag an integral part of the design on the Haas car while creating a splatter-based design using their old color scheme, only changing the shade of the red to match that of the Stars and Stripes.

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LiveriesAreTheBest – Haas’ 2016 livery was with grey as main colour, but why not shuffle up these three colours? Red was the eventual pick as the base colour.

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TheLiveryBlog – I have to start by saying Haas’ current livery is great and I’d be happy to see it retained for another year. That said, I’ve tried to use their current colours in a new way. With the fondly remembered Compaq/HP Williams cars in mind, I’ve placed a flat design of alternating black, grey and red over multiple surfaces of the car. This is only interrupted by white sections on the ‘top’ surfaces of the car. I’ve used red as a highlight, placing it on the top edges of the car (engine cover, wings and mirrors), as well as extra accents on the nose and headrest. Only issue for Haas at the moment is the lack of sponsorship, so a complex design is required to stop the car looking empty.

Manor

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TheLiveryBlog – Although Manor are unlikely to race at this point, I’ve decided to make a livery anyway. Whilst the livery is similar to 2016, I’ve slightly altered the colours, going with a lighter blue and a brighter orange. I’ve also gone with white alone as a third colour (no black), using a major chunk of it along the side of the car which I feel brightens the livery a little. The logo on the engine cover remains, which looked great last year. However, I wouldn’t be disappointed to see the 2016 livery used again, which was a fan favourite…should they race 😦

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LiveriesAreTheBest – It’s sad that we won’t see Manor on the grid…

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – Without an idea of who their drivers and sponsors will be – and whether we’ll see them on the grid at all – I created a swirly flame design for Manor with last year’s sponsors and color scheme.

McLaren

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – I still want to see an orange McLaren! As I feel like they will not have a main sponsor once again, I have just used McLaren, placing it in something of an awkward place for the benefit of the design. The orange part is meant to be pearlescent.

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TheLiveryBlog – Before all the orange speculation, I reverted back to 2015. I always loved the sparkly black colour seen on the majority of the McLaren that started the year. I’ve used this over the whole car, whilst retaining the dayglo design on top of the sidepods. I’ve also added a thin dayglo trimming on the entire side following the nose and engine cover, outlining the car and contrasting well with the sparkly black (which I may have put a bit too much blue hue in).

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However, the orange McLaren hype is real! So this design features a lot of the paler orange seen in the 70s, along with the current charcoal colour which I’m totally indifferent about. It’s a bit of a mish mash in my opinion, but Ron is gone so who knows what we might see next year. Perhaps it will be entirely orange?

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LiveriesAreTheBest – I also made two other takes of a McLaren 2017 livery, but following the latest news that McLaren may go orange this year, I decided to make this all-orange version.

Mercedes

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TheLiveryBlog – For the second year in a row I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind for my Mercedes deisgn. I’ve cut down on silver again and included a lot of black and Petronas turquoise, the latter in thick strips along the engine cover, sidepods, rear wing end plates and wrapping over the nose. The silver is in two distinct sections, one engulfing the cockpit and the other the rear of the car. While there’s zero hope of this being even remotely similar to the 2017 livery, you can’t let the man get you down.

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LiveriesAreTheBest – I actually do like Mercedes’ 2016 livery, but why not add some more turquoise to the livery? This is what it could look like with a black “Vodafone McLaren-ish” sidepod.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – For Mercedes, I have just created a simple design of swirly stripes while brightening the background color to almost white.

Red Bull

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – Keeping Red Bull’s combination of matte black and bright red that was introduced last year, I have created a splatter design hoping to make it seem more aggressive, playful and exciting.

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TheLiveryBlog – I’ve stuck fairly close to last year’s livery, which was my favourite of the 2016 field. The major changes here are the removal of the Total red on the wings, extension of the thin red line to the end of the sidepods and removal of the Bull’s yellow outline, which I felt made the car look a little unbalanced, considering the Red Bull text didn’t have an outline. Another addition is having the cockpit all in yellow, which gives me happy Sauber 1999 vibes.

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LiveriesAreTheBest – Nothing slightly different compared to RBR’s 2016 livery. Couldn’t think of anything else.

Renault

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LiveriesAreTheBest – Inspired by the classic Renault liveries from the 1980’s. Replaced the Total logo with BP following the announcement that they will use BP/Castrol fuel.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – A plain yellow car has its merits, but that would not be very rewarding to create. Thus, a traditionally colored Renault with the addition of white in a swooping design.

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TheLiveryBlog – I struggled a little with the Renault, because I don’t think it will be as plain this year. I’ve added three main black sections; straight along the top edge of the engine cover, wrapping over the nose, and in the very rear of the sidepods (as well as the wings). These black sections are outlined by three shortening strips of reflective gold.

Sauber

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TheLiveryBlog – After some pleasant emails with Sauber last year, where they explained the process behind the design of their livery and that their team colours are blue and white, I’ve designed a livery using a pleasantly vibrant blue with white the only other colour, assuming no major sponsors are coming on board this year. I’ve kept the design minimal, with just five white lines strategically placed across the car. There is one major white section, on the top of the nose, giving some significant contrast to the abundance of blue on the car and is a subtle design throwback to arguably my favourite all time livery.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – Please do not adjust your computer screens – this car is not supposed to have color. With the withdrawal of Banco de Brasil, one can only guess what the 2017 livery will look like. Nonetheless, this one draws inspiration from their 1994 livery and upgrades Silanna to the position of main sponsor – of course, this could be any company.

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LiveriesAreTheBest – I decided to make a new take on the Sauber so this one is plain metallic blue.

Toro Rosso

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LiveriesAreTheBest – I seriously can’t think of a super-cool Toro Rosso livery so I made this one. Just a “blank” livery with a big bull they used from 2006 to 2008. This one is based off of my 2016 Toro Rosso concept.

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TheLiveryBlog – Every year we labour to make nice STR liveries and every year we are left discouraged. Inevitable disappointment aside, this year I’ve added a whole bunch of white to the livery. The engine cover (where the cartoon Bull has once again been removed) features a Red Bull can style background, breaking up the navy blue. The gold used is a little lighter whilst the red has been nudged a notch or two lighter. The Red Bull logo on the sidepod sits on a large white section which is pointed at the tip. There are also large white sections on the bottom and on top of the nose/cockpit. Each of these white sections feature a fade to gold.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – I’ll admit that I have no idea how to design a livery for STR. However, I am getting tired of the dark colors of their liveries, so I totally changed it. Also, seeing how they have previously used gold in their design elements, I made it into one of the main colors to create a unique color scheme that sets them apart from the other teams.

Williams

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot – Just another Martini design, nothing else.

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TheLiveryBlog – Finally, I’ve gone a little retro with Williams. As I’ve mentioned before, a fourth year of a nearly identical Martini livery would be too much. This time I’ve used straight horizontal lines and a retro logo harking back to the Martini liveries of the 70s. The Martini stripes extend to the wings and straight along the top of the nose. A welcome change in my opinion!

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LiveriesAreTheBest – Same opinion as the Toro Rosso, so I ended up making this. This one is inspired by the 2008-2010 Williams liveries.

So that’s it for another year. Would love to get people’s thoughts and opinions, so let us know what you think! Here’s to some lovely liveries this season.

Livery Mockups – 2017 Formula 1 Field

Livery of the Day – Ferrari 643

A year and no Ferrari for Livery of the Day? Let’s fix that.

Ferrari 1

After finishing runner-up in the 1990 season in spectacular fashion, Alain Prost stayed on with Ferrari in the hope that he’d have another championship contending car to take to the fight with McLaren and Williams. Unfortunately for Prost, it wasn’t quite good enough and after letting everyone know it, he was promptly replaced for the last race of the season with Gianni Morbidelli. The other Ferrari seat was filled by Jean Alesi, who was snapped up after one and a half impressive seasons with Tyrrell.

Ferrari 2

The 643 was Ferrari’s second car of the season, used from the French Grand Prix onward and easily the better looking of the two. The livery too was different on this one and quite unique for Ferrari. The side of the cockpit and nose featured a black panel, which I assume is actually carbon fiber and is one of those design decisions, that whether by choice or not, looks awesome. It runs right along the edge of the side and fills up the section nicely, although because it is a panel, it ends abruptly at the tip of the nose.

Another bit of the design that also looks like a panel rather than vinyl, is the black section right in front of the cockpit. It’s simple but adds something unique and less edgy to what could have otherwise been a pretty simple and unmemorable livery. However, that’s not the real winner on this car.

Ferrari 7

The all black wings on this Ferrari are something that I’ve been wishing Ferrari to go back to for years now. It compliments the red so well and makes the entire livery so classy, something that Santander won’t currently allow to happen. That said, they’re not all black. As far as logo placement goes, the Agip logo on the rear wing is up there with my all time favourites. Its absolutely perfectly placed and is something I’ve replicated on many occasions, on many different cars to great effect.

However, Ferrari in the 90s made a habit of dumping numerous logos on the engine cover and sidepods. Somehow or rather, it doesn’t seem to bother me all that much. Whether it be nostalgia or some other reason, it skips what I assume would have been quite a harsh assessment of cluttered and unmethodical, but so be it!

Ferrari 6

One of the all time best Ferrari liveries in my opinion, one that looks different but great from every angle. I hope that one day, perhaps if Santander decided to wrap up their sponsorship, Ferrari can once again fiddle with all black wings.

Livery of the Day – Ferrari 643

Round-Up – 2016 Formula 1 Field

The break is finally over! F1 is back with a bang (and not just in a positive way), with a memorable race in Melbourne. It finally seems we can stop complaining about the grid being so dark. It’s not quite 2000, but I believe the field is just about sufficiently vibrant. Let’s have an in depth look into this year’s liveries all at once, along with how I would improve some of the liveries.

Ferrari

Ferrari 2

Minus the white, I was kind of close with my mock-up. What I’m pleased with is whilst I wanted a dark Ferrari, the added white looks fantastic. It’s the biggest change Ferrari have made to their livery in a long, long time and so glad that they’ve finally made that call. There are a few things that annoy me, mostly the pinstripe along the bottom side of the car. I’ve warmed up to the wavy black section on the engine cover, but it still bugs me how different elements and shapes of the design slightly clash with each other.

Ferrari 1

The red, white and green Italian flag stripes on the front wing endplates, airbox and barge boards (are they still called that?) are a great addition, but again, the number of different, clashing design elements keeps rising. That said, I can’t help but enjoy looking at this car. Perhaps it’s the big change that sweetens the deal for me, but I’m very happy with this. It also looks great from the front, with the front and rear wings half red, half white and the white beside the drivers’ helmets.

★★★★☆

 

Ferrari

If I was to make any changes, without deviating drastically from the actual design, it would be to remove the pin stripe along the bottom of the sides and allow the white to run all the way to edge of the engine cover.

 

Force India

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I’m pretty disappointed that Force India retained their 2015 livery. They’ve got some great colours to work with and they’ve decided to stick with black and silver. It’s a dull livery that blends into the scenery. Dark liveries can look exceptional and a car doesn’t need to be brightly coloured to stand out, but this one doesn’t live long in the memory.

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The silver used isn’t very bright and the fact it either has the surrounding black or the tarmac to reflect off of is what adds another level of gloominess to the livery. Perhaps a highly metallic, or sparkly silver would help solve this problem to some extent, because at the moment, you have to look at the car from very specific angles or in just the right light to even be able to distinguish the sidepod sponsor. The small flashes of orange and green are just fine and like I said above, you don’t need lots of vibrant colour to have a good livery, but it’s probably the only thing I can say I genuinely like about the car. I feel as though there should either be a gap between the green/orange lines and the silver all the way or no gap all the way, not both.

★★

 

Haas

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Improvements already at Haas! The silver has been replaced with plain white and the livery is all the better for it. It’s avoided being dull a la Force India, with the white opening up the car to some brightness, and contrasting well with the black and grey, whilst also complementing the red.

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I do like the straight horizontal line along the side and how it sweeps up, meeting with the black on the way, which also separates it from the white along the top. The red line on the rear doesn’t bother me as much as it did at launch, but I wish it ended more sharply. The front is probably the weakest part of the livery, with the grey section on top not wide enough (I’d have preferred it to stretch the entire width of the nose section) and the red sort of joining in from nowhere. The endplates in red look great and the Haas logo on the side looks way better on a white background too.

★★★★☆

Haas

Not much I’d change, apart from sharpening the red line on the rear and a slightly different interpretation of the design on the front.

 

Manor

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I think a lot of people reacted positively to this livery purely out of desperation for colour. I can’t deny that it’s good to see orange on the grid again as well as the blue (orange, blue and white are a favourite combo of mine, albeit with navy blue), but it’s not a particularly strong livery. It’s very simple, which isn’t always a bad thing, but it does look rather empty. It could definitely use another sponsor or two!

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This will slightly contradict my comments above, but I don’t feel as though these specific shades of orange and blue work that well together. Perhaps it is the black that is the unwanted colour in this situation and without it on the body of the car, the other colours would work just fine together. That said, the black section behind the driver’s head looks great, so maybe the answer would be no white. The Manor logo hidden in the engine cover also looks a little strange to me and it may have looked better if it a slightly lighter shade of orange, as opposed to a darker shade.

Overall it does look a little empty and despite bringing some new colours to the grid, the 2015 livery is a far better design.

★★☆

Manor

What I’ve done here is removed the black from the rear of the car and extended the other colours all the way to the exhaust. I’ve added some piping behind the drivers head and airbox, where there was black before. The orange Manor logo on the engine cover is a lighter orange as opposed to the current darker orange and the logo on the sidepod fills in a big empty gap. Overall I feel this version is a little neater and has less colour clashes than the current livery.

 

McLaren

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McLaren have a plain livery which, unlike Manor, doesn’t look so empty. There are a few sponsors there to fill in the gaps that are placed well, which make up for the lack of actual design elements and help to make the livery less boring.

The charcoal colour used isn’t my favourite, but it’s definitely in a sweet spot ensuring it’s far from ugly. I’m so glad to see the back of the stripes on the nose, and the red on top of the sidepods and the engine cover look pretty good. Shame that the faux-3D borders remain.

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The best thing about this livery is that everything is uniform. That alone gets a big tick from me. However, what bothers me most is the number on the nose, which is warped outward at the top. It looks as though it was designed to only work from one angle, but even front on it looks strange. Not sure why they decided on using that.

★★★

 

Mercedes

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During the off season, we were told that the new Mercedes would have less black and more turquoise. I guess they kept half of their promise, with a little more turquoise, but the large areas of black remain, and this is what brings the livery down in my opinion. The turquoise design on the side is actually quite nice, but it fades into the black at the bottom, and I feel as though a sharp end would have been nice. Same goes for the shadow bordering that section. I’m also not a big fan of the smoky black on the engine cover.

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The thin turquoise lines in front of the cockpit remain and are a nice touch, as is the full turquoise on the rear wing. The black endplates are just fine, but what this livery needed was less black everywhere else. Some black is probably necessary as a background for the silver Mercedes logo on the engine cover, but it doesn’t have to spread over so much of the car.

At the end of the day, a return to a 2011-2013 style livery would be a little more pleasant, although a more drastic change would be well received.

★★★☆

 

Mercedes

I’ve removed a lot of the black shadow sections in my version. It’s probably obvious by now, but I’m a fan of clean liveries (not exclusively though!) and taking out these parts give this result. Not done much else, but making these helped me notice just how few sponsor logos are actually on the car. They’ve done a good job of disguising that fact. It doesn’t look empty at all, so kudos for that, Mercedes livery designer!

 

Red Bull

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Of all the cars on the grid, the Red Bull is quite possibly my favourite. The matte finish is interesting, and the deep navy blue looks great. What I like most is the Red Bull logo without the outline. It’s a brave change which works so well because of the super bright, almost fluorescent red that is used. It contrasts well against the navy blue and whilst it looks great in photos, it pops even more in the flesh, as I witnessed at the Australian GP.

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The simplicity of this design is a welcome change from the complexity of recent Red Bull liveries. All it is really is a couple of Red Bull logos, the bull on the engine cover and a thin red line long the side of the car, but there really isn’t much I’d change. If anything, I’d remove the yellow outline on the bull as I don’t feel it is needed. Even the Total red on the endplates doesn’t bother me!

★★★★☆

 

Renault

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They said they’d be changing to a yellow livery for the start of the season and they weren’t kidding! It’s basically the same design as testing, but with the colours inverted and with a matte finish. I love the yellow used and it’s great to see another vibrant splash of colour on the grid. The matte finish is nice and in some angles it even gives off a pearlescent look to the paint, which I’m sure the team put a lot of effort into achieving.

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That said, I’m torn as to which version I like better. The yellow colour is fantastic, but where the black design looked sleek and classy, this one looks a little empty and lacking in design. It looks quite plain and the nice little touches, such as opposite colour on the inside of the wing endplates, are missing on this version. However, the honeycomb design on the rear of the car is actually a reflective gold colour, which is a nice bit of intricate design.

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The livery does look a tiny bit lacking in the end, but the choice of colour makes up for the absence of extensive design work.

★★★★

 

Sauber

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Unfortunately, Sauber too have stuck with their 2015 livery. It’s an incredibly underwhelming design in my opinion, although I know there are plenty of people that disagree with me.

The sidepod design is very simple, but I think what hinders it is the white that borders part of the yellow section. The blue and yellow contrast superbly and the white in between is simply a hindrance. The nose design has the same problem, but this whole parabolic section completely ignores the squared off shape of the nose, which is a big no-no for me.

The worst thing has to be the rear wing endplates, which have a number of different logos, adding way too many colours in one space, harking back to the days of the struggling backmarkers of the early 90s. It’s not a good look and oozes cheap and nasty.

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I actually contacted Sauber specifically about their livery, who were nice enough to reply to me! They did mention to me that the team’s colours are blue and white (so no plain blue and yellow car like I suggested), with yellow not extending beyond the sidepod, as this is all that the Banco do Brazil sponsorship entitles them to use. A limiting factor for them (and every team I guess) was weight, and I can only assume the simplicity of the design is to keep excess weight to a minimum. Cost also plays a big factor in that.

I was very humbled to get such a detailed reply from Sauber and for that I am thankful. While I understand how much goes into these liveries beyond just creative ideas, I do wish they would go for something more adventurous or at least something simple but classy.

★★

 

Sauber

I’ve removed the white from the sidepods to allow the blue and yellow to contrast well. The yellow on the nose is all white now, fitting with the team’s colours and I’ve added some more small white sections in front of the cockpit, behind the driver’s head and airbox and on the engine cover. These help to fill up the otherwise boring and empty car, without adding much weight. Interesting doesn’t always mean bulky and heavy. The rear wing is still a mess, but fiddling with the sponsor logos wouldn’t be realistic.

 

Toro Rosso

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Toro Rosso is the team that consistently disappoints me year on year. This year, much like past years, their livery is too messy, owing to the busy bull on the engine cover, Red Bull logo which is oddly squished onto the sidepods, the picture of the Red Bull Cola can (full colour pictures almost never work) and the design in front of the cockpit. There is too much going on and little to no uniformity, apart from colours I guess.

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Speaking of colours, the navy blue is a great, but something irks me about how it works with the red, white and gold. The gold especially is a dull shade which I’ve never liked (at least in this combination of colours) and thought that perhaps a chrome version would work better, but that would further add to the dull feeling as it would have nothing bright to reflect off of, but something different would be great. The little design in front of the cockpit is just strange and doesn’t fit in with the rest of the design at all. The car would have looked better without it. With their decent pace, hopefully they’ll pick up a sponsor that will dictate some of the livery and change it up a bit. That’s my only hope at this point.

★★☆

 

Toro Rosso

I’ve taken some liberties with this one which is frustrating because I wanted to keep these as realistic as possible, but every time I fiddle with Toro Rosso, something creative pops up on the canvas. I’ve removed all the gold, which was most notable on the nose, but it really helps open up the livery. I’ve upped the presence of white and created an interrupted red and white striped design along the side. Also, the rear wing has a Red Bull Simply Cola that isn’t a can, which works infinitely better than a photo. However, I have kept the bloody bull on the engine cover and the obnoxious Red Bull logo on the sidepod, for the sake of real world accuracy.

 

Williams

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Williams is the same once again. It’s still a great livery, but we are now at a point where one more year could be too many. However, if history is anything to go by, we may be out of luck. Williams seem to have a tradition of sticking with the same livery throughout a main sponsor’s time with the team. This meant mainly unchanged Fly Saudia and Rothmans liveries for four years, Compaq/HP for five and Cannon for a solid nine years. If this is anything to go by, we’ve got at least one more year to go, sponsorship contracts permitting.

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The livery itself is nice with the sweeping Martini design starting on the nose supports, running along the sides of the top of the nose, sweeping up over the driver’s head supports, before blooming on the engine covers. It’s a lovely design and impressive considering it’s one long unbroken piece of design. The black endplates are a great choice, as is the black that runs sneakily along the bottom of the car. All the sponsors are uniform which please me immensely and helps to create what is a very neat livery.

That said and as mentioned above, I do hope they make some alterations next year, no matter how slight, in order to keep their livery fresh and interesting.

★★★☆

 

A mixed bag this year, with some gorgeous liveries and some boring ones, some bright and some dull. All in all, this year’s grid is certainly easier on the eye in comparison to last year. There’s always room to improve but I’m quite content for the time being.

Round-Up – 2016 Formula 1 Field

Livery Launch – Ferrari SF16-H

Another day another launch, this time from the red team.

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This SHOULD have been the best livery on the grid. Unfortunately, for me, it’s probably the biggest nagger on the grid. Let me explain.

By all means, this not a bad livery. However, there are just a couple of things that are bugging the hell out of me. To me, it looks like designer made two different liveries, one partially black and one partially white, and simply copied both onto the car. They don’t compliment each other the way they should. The wavy (did it HAVE to be wavy?) black section bordering the white on the cockpit/engine cover area looks strange, especially the way it overlaps both the red and white near the exhaust. Honestly, despite this, the top section does look good, but it just clashes with the bottom section.

The black section on the bottom, that spreads from the nose all the way to the rear is just fine, but the white on top of it puts me off. The way it juts away from the black under the Ferrari and Santander logos, rather than following the curve of the black is strange and the pinstripe on top of that is unnecessary and adds clutter to what is already a very full car. Also, the top section doesn’t have a pinstripe, so there goes any real continuity in that part of the design.

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The sponsorship logo placements are also a little off. Kaspersky is squished on the nose, as is Weichai below Santander. Along with that, the Scuderia logo on the engine cover is too big; a little smaller and it wouldn’t have to run onto the red or black sections.

That was a whole lot of negativity, so lets look at what they did right. The large white section on the engine cover, a throwback it seems to the 70s, is fantastic. I always said Ferrari needs to lose the white, but they’ve proved me wrong by adding more. It’s excellent and I wish it carried all the way along, rather than stopping at the ‘fin’, if you can still call it that. The Italian flag on the airbox is great too. Similarly, the extended Italian flag on the front wing endplates and barge boards are great little bits of detail. The Santander logo is surrounded by minimal white again on the rear wing which is great too.

Unfortunately, that’s about where the positives stop for me. The more I look at this livery, the more I pick it apart. I hope it grows on me, but I have a feeling I’ll only get used to it, rather than begin to enjoy looking at it. I don’t hate it, it’s just a livery that annoys me.

Livery Launch – Ferrari SF16-H