Right, then. We’ve now seen all twelve of 2011’s Formula One liveries. I wanted to wait, before doing the usual summary post, until we’d seen them all running on track in testing – but frankly, from the looks of things we may not see the HRT in motion before Melbourne itself. So there’s no point waiting for it, and I might as well run through each of the cars now and give my thoughts. It’s fair to say that 2011 isn’t really the vintage year for new liveries that 2010 was – but there are still some interesting paint jobs out there, and some teams have even managed to improve on the previous year. Let’s take a look in detail, then…
Right, then. Let’s look at this in a bit more detail. Wow.
So given that they were the team with comfortably the worst livery on the grid last season, it would have been difficult for HRT to go downwards this year. As it is, with the hiring of a Hollywood design consultant in the shape of Daniel Simon, we knew something a bit exciting would be afoot. And so it’s proved.
Well, with all 12 teams’ liveries now unveiled, and the season opening race mere days away, I thought it time to take one last look at all 12 together, to see how they compare to one-another – and to the history of liveries in general – and give them all marks out of ten. It’s undoubtedly a more colourful grid than last year, with plenty of new colours thrown into the mix and only two cars that are predominantly white – but at the same time, we’ve suddenly been hit by a surfeit of silver/grey, and you wonder if certain teams could have done a little more to distinguish themselves. Here, then, is the full grid lineup :
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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!