Rach F1's Matthew Gannon undertakes a mammoth task of listing down 50 of the coolest F1 liveries of all time.
25. Ferrari F2007 (2007)
The Ferrari which broke the dominance of Alonso and Renault, the F2007 was quick and victorious in both championships with Raikkonen winning the drivers title and the team lifting the constructors trophy after McLaren's disqualification over the 'Spygate' scandal. The car was the most red of any of the Marlboro-sponsored cars as the white boxes were replaced with barcodes (where tobacco advertising was banned). The Shell orange decals complimented a mostly all red Ferrari and with limited white colouring appeared like a true Ferrari with a truly beautiful image.
Score: 10/10. A pure red car which is instantly recognisable, and can you ever not love a Ferrari?
24. McLaren MP4/2 - Portugal Edition (1984)
While the white-and-red McLaren Marlboro is one of the most famous cars in all of history (particularly 1988's dominant McLaren MP4/4). however this Portuguese Grand Prix livery was used to advertise the Marlboro Lights brand and thus had a different scheme to the standard car. Instead of the bold red blocks of colour, we saw a yellow-coloured livery which looked amazing. As much as the red and white is iconic and would easily have been on this list, we look at the different, eye catching and frankly beautiful yellow-and-white McLaren.
Score: 9/10. So different yet so right. A great car which looked so gorgeously out of place
23. Spyker M16 (2006)
A car identical to the Midland in the previous part, the M16 got given a makeover as well a a takeover. Gone were the three colours of Black, White and Red and in came a unique colour scheme of Orange and Silver. The fact this was such a rarely used colour scheme helped make this car such a stand out on the grid, way more than any of their finishes in the sport.
Score: 6/10. A quirky car with charm that sadly lost its silver for 2007 and with it lost some of its looks.
22. Prost AP04 (2001)
A name that carries great stature in Formula 1. Prost wasn't just a four time world champion but also a team owner for five seasons. The car featured here was the team's last - however in my view the best one in terms of aesthetics. The red barge boards provided a different look to the traditional blue ones used on Prost Grand Prix's previous 4 cars - and combined with a blue fade maintained a fine balance of change and tradition. The lack of sponsorship told the team's financial woes and Prost shut up shop in 2001 meaning the Prost AP05 never featured on a race track in either the Prost name or by Phoenix F1.who attempted to take over the team.
Score: 8/10. A last stand that fought valiantly and with dignity until the bitter end and despite some blood stained bargeboards it never lost its identity.
21. Renault R29 (2009)
Renault had a dismal year in 2009, 26 points scored all season and all of which coming from Fernando Alonso. A mere one podium with a third place in Singapore and a high court procedure that saw several key personnel banned from F1. Despite this, the car did look a stunner with its now traditional Yellow Colour, Orange lines from title sponsor ING and Red end plates from sponsors Total - all blended perfectly with the White lines on the car. All of these little changes helped make the R29 visually stronger than its predecessor even if it was worse on the track.
Score: 7/10. Alonso's finale with Renault and even if he bowed out slowly he left Renault in style.
by Matthew Gannon