Rach F1's Matthew Gannon undertakes a mammoth task of listing down 50 of the coolest F1 liveries of all time.
20. Minardi PS01 (2001)
Under the first year of Paul Stoddart ownership, Minardi were nearly bankruptcy. He saved them and ran his own company's sponsorship (European Aviation) and a simple black and white colour scheme on the 2001 model. What made this particular car more eye catching than any other black-and-white monochrome designs was the 'magpie effect' on the front of the car. This helped make the car look different and edgy.
Minardi, F1's most loved underdog, ran one of their young stars for 2001 in Spaniard Fernando Alonso. He partnered up with a former driver making a return in Tarso Marques. The pair may have never scored a point with the team but they looked good trying.
Score: 8/10. The tip of the iceberg for the cash-strapped minnows of F1, elegance never eluding them
19. Williams FW28 (2006)
Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg - the Williams driver lineup for 2006 was one that attracted a lot of interest. The car itself only amplified that interest. sporting a livery which screamed beauty. A deep metallic blue shell with white partitions, all capped off by a turquoise line running along the cockpit which made the car one of the classiest of the 2006 class.
Results curtailed in the second half of the season for Williams. however, heads never turned as 2006's third best looking car (keep reading the following editions to find the top two) continued to make a scene for the right reasons.
Score: 9/10. Tradition merged with modern and maintaining up most dignity. Nearly a perfect 10.
18. Honda RA108 (2008)
The second season of Honda using the frankly hopeless ‘myearthdreams’ branding saw another controversial livery (albeit less so than the 2007 model). Like its predecessor the RA108 featured no actual sponsors, but the black wings were replaced with white. And rather than filling the entire car, only the sidepods, engine cover and sides of the cassis contained any earth design, the rest a blank white canvas. Also, unlike its predecessor, it scored a podium finish for Rubens Barrichello at the 2008 British Grand Prix. Despite Honda withdrawing for 2009, the Brawn GP car - featured earlier in our count - delivered and gave Button and Barrichello a machine to take them to the top.
Score 10/10. So innovative yet amazing, besides all brilliance has its critics.
17. Force India VJM02 (2009)
After a struggle in the 2008 season, Force India had high hopes for their first fully built car. After a different colour scheme for their debut season, Force India settled on a patriotic white, green and orange colour scheme as a homage to their native India, which was used for five seasons. The car was quick at some circuits yet not others and made serious gains towards the end of the season, highlights being a Pole Position (still to date the team's solitary Pole) and a second place finish (again to this date still the highest) by Giancarlo Fisichella in Belgium. The white body had smooth edges to green and orange panels which symbolised the team's roots as the smooth and sleek new team on the block.
Score: 8/10. Patriotic and elegant. What else is there to say?
16. Yardley BRM P153 (1970)
A white, black and red colour scheme makes another appearance. Throw in a little beige/gold and it's right back to the BAR we started the list with at #50. This car however had a lot more styling. Originally due to be British Racing Green in colour, the BRM had changed by the time it reached a race track. In came a stylish Y design on the front bodywork incorporating title sponsor Yardley's colours perfectly. As the extensions ran the full length of the car it maintained a great consistency and longevity in the design which spanned three seasons.
Score: 8/10. Iconic and never seen again. A design to leave its mark on F1.
by Matthew Gannon