Spanish sports paper Marca, suddenly taking an interest in all things Scuderia (I suspect it’s to do with a certain driver and a certain bank), seem to have uncovered the first picture of a 2010 livery! It’s a Ferrari, so don’t expect too many surprises, although it is a little different, which is nice :
I’d imagine that picture must have come from the filming of an advert, as Valentino Rossi’s test session today in last year’s car (which, shape-wise, the above seems to be – presumably teams can’t get round the testing ban by running their new season cars on film!) saw it run in ’09 livery. But anyway, it’s quite interesting! Slightly more radical than we might have expected, in that Santander have been allowed to paint the wings white (calling to mind the late ’90s/early 2000s cars) but the thick white strip along the endplate, smartly matching the height of the wing, also lends it a slightly retro feel (I’m picturing that uncharacteristic 1993 car, though I doubt that’s a deliberate invocation!)
But yes, I generally approve – if even Ferrari can make tweaks to their usually-largely-unchanging design, then it bodes well for potentially the most exciting livery launch season in years…
(thanks to Greg for the heads up!)
UPDATE: Despite not having officially unveiled the car yet, Ferrari have issued press photos of the drivers’ new overalls, at the same time confirming Alonso’s helmet design for this season.