Rach F1's Matthew Gannon undertakes a mammoth task of listing down 50 of the coolest F1 liveries of all time.
5. McLaren MP4-15 (2000)
By the new Millennium the Marlboro days were well behind McLaren and they were in another glory period. Mika Hakkinen, the reigning defending double-world champion once more partnered Scot David Coulthard in once more a West McLaren Mercedes car livery. The usual black side-pods (with traditional red boomerangs on the top of the pod), white nose cone and silver edging with the standout red number made the McLaren instantly recognisable. The use of driver names in countries where tobacco sponsorship was banned was also ingenious and made the car look arguably better.
Score: 9/10. Iconic and instantly recognisable
4. Super Aguri SA06 (2006)
The 2006 German Grand Prix brought much change in the Super Aguri team, a new driver, Sakon Yamamoto, and crucially a new chassis (all with a new livery). This new livery was way more exciting than the one previous to it. Gone was the plain white car with a few red decals and in came a white base colour with curvy red lines which embodied the spirit of the Chinese Dragons (despite the team being Japanese). This was extremely apparent on the front nose cone where it was completely red with few white to be seen. Elsewhere the white remained prominent ,however, was done in a way more refreshing way.
Score: 10/10. Exciting and compared to the one used previously a real improvement. Like going from an earth dream Honda to a Jordan 191.
3. Arrows A23 (2002)
Arrows managed a feat few teams have done In F1 history - being sponsored by Red Bull before it was cool. On the top of the engine cover Red Bull backed the famously orange car. Black side-pods and rear wings featured title sponsor Orange in the best way possible. While the results weren't great and the team went bankrupt mid-season (something that wouldn't happen again until 2008 with Super Aguri), the Arrows car was one that always stood out on the grid and the minnows of F1 were always adored by the fans almost as much as fellow back markers Minardi.
Score: 10/10. A real treat for the eyes, bright yet subtle in a way no other car ever has.
2. Williams FW20 (1998)
Let’s start with the key turn off for this car. It is a red Williams. While that looks wrong as a livery, this one looks so nice. The sponsorship decals from the 1997 nose looked no worse second time around. Metallic red might have been associated greater with Ferrari, however, Williams wore it better in 1998. The other colours used were a bright white running the entire length of the car with an orange border. All the colours blended and complimented very well which made a smart, classy, elegant and albeit red Williams.
Score: 10/10. Once you overlook the Red Williams issue it is a special looking machine.
1. Mystery Car (0000)
The number one livery (not the Jordan 191) was a metallic green, British Racing Green to be exact, also featuring white and via their sponsors, red. This car disproved the theory about red and green and also showed some extreme patriotism. Any ideas which team yet? If not then the final clue is that they are starting a Formula E team next year. Yes, it's Jaguar, the classy British manufacturer's 2001 entry was a British Racing Green with white sidepods and white bargeboards. What made it different though was the red brought in from sponsors Becks and HSBC which all in all made the car one of the stunners of the grid. The Jaguar R2, Rach F1's livery of all time.
Score: 10/10. Could our number one ever be less than a perfect 10?
by Matthew Gannon