After much hype and expectation, Haas unveiled their first ever F1 car, the VF-16, online yesterday.
Here it is! The colours are more or less what we expected. Their NASCAR machine is mostly red and black, as is really their entire brand, so there’s no real surprise in the colour scheme. A very light silver is used as the main colour, which is complemented by red and black. The side of the car is split half way up the sidepod, with the smaller section in black. This is a nice touch and works with the Haas logo very well.
Other aspects of the livery aren’t so strong. The block section on the top of the nose and cockpit probably should have been extended to the edges of the cars natural curves because as it is, it makes the nose look super skinny and kind of awkward. The red section on the nose isn’t bad, but there’s nothing natural about it.
The rear feels a lot more organic, with the red line following the black curve all the way to the edge of the car giving a minimal, but important splash of colour. I wish the front of the car followed the same principal, to not only give the impression of a completely coherent livery, but also because it would have just looked better. I guess more colour than grey is a good thing though.
Can’t complain too much about this one. It’s yet another grey livery with some very common colours, but at least it’s somewhat attractive. At least from the side view it looks quite nice, as the intersection of the red and silver is hidden! On the other hand, Manor have produced something entirely different.
I don’t know how, but I’ve managed to fluke the new Manor colour scheme with my original mockup design! Everything else about the design is way off, but how bizarre. Either way, my favourite colour combination (not navy, but close!) is finally on the grid. And thank God for Manor, for bringing some colour to the grid!
The design itself is way simple. Metallic blue along the sides, with metallic orange on the top, split by a thin layer of white. There is a great little bit of intricacy with the barely visible Manor logo on the engine cover. I wish the front wing endplate was black to match the rear wing endplate though, or no black at all. It seems to dsrupt the livery toward the back.
For some reason I had a much lighter shade of blue in mind after seeing their new logo, but I guess that being metallic, it will look a lot lighter out in the sun and judging from the picture above, it is.
With Toro Rosso and Renault using testing liveries and Williams, Force India and Sauber not making any changes of note (yet, hopefully), I guess we’ll have to wait until round 1 in Melbourne for a nice big round up!