It could have been a lovely and vibrant Spain-themed red and yellow.
It could have been a distinctive purple and white, to tie in to the corporate colours of the Hispania company.
It could have been a simple yet effective white, with Spanish flag trim, as we imagine the Campos might have looked.
But no. The newly-christened HRT (yeah… do you think anyone’s told them yet?) have unveiled their new livery today, and it’s… grey.
Not silver, you understand (although it’ll undoubtedly still be difficult to tell apart from the McLarens and Mercedeses on telly). But… grey. With a Spanish-themed stripe pattern that simply clashes. And barely any sponsors, except for a couple of rather bizarrely shaped boxes by the drivers’ heads. Hopefully Lopez and Chandhok will bring some names to the car before the 14th. Hopefully this was knocked together quite quickly and might be changed a bit by then, too. Hopefully it’s not just a slightly-altered version of how the Campos was going to look anyway. Because… that’s an ugly, ugly car. And given how good the other two newbies look, it reflects particularly badly. Virgin’s car looks as slow as a dog, but at least they’ve managed to hire a damn good livery designer.
Anyway, that’s our grid. I’ll be going over the new cars in full shortly – and getting your opinion on the colourful 2010 grid as a whole too – before spending the first race weekend examining any changes that take place in Bahrain, how the cars actually come out on track and on TV, and possibly even a run through of the drivers’ helmet designs. So stay tuned!