Rach F1's Matthew Gannon undertakes a mammoth task of listing down 50 of the coolest F1 liveries of all time.
15. Force India VJM01 (2008)
Before Force India made the green-and-orange panels a regular edition, they ran a red, white and gold livery for their F1 debut in 2008. Piloted by Sutil and Fisichella, the car never scored a points (thanks to Raikkonen crashing into Sutil in Monaco). However like all other cars in this list, it looked good trying to salvage some points.
Score: 8/10. A plain white canvas with red panels coupled with gold
14. Red Bull RB2 (2006)
Red Bull's second season in F1 gave us their best livery to date. Like most Red Bulls it was a primarily a dark blue livery with white, red and light blue lines and panels to advertise the title brand of Red Bull energy drinks. The checkered flag pattern on the nose cone was different, unique and attractive. And as always the yellow nose cone and cockpit surround were a bright stand out that gave them the edge over the sister Toro Rosso's and their golden tip.
Score: 9/10. The best Red Bull at the time, only time will tell whether it will be the top bull on our list.
13. Honda RA106 (2006 - China Edition)
We like the standard RA106 we like the pattern. However, the special China edition with the 555 livery has dispatched the standard scheme yet again. A more subtle version of the livery this time as opposed to two years previous and one which replaced the otherwise traditional, tedious red, black and white (with beige of all colours to add character) to a blue and yellow colour scheme which wouldn't look out of place on a Leeds Rhinos home shirt, (pictured below), which as shown is something that also looks stunning in itself.
Score: 8/10. Again a beauty but like before we wish it was a whole season thing.
12. Ferrari F2002 (2002)
The Most dominant car in the list, the F2002 ticks all the boxes of a traditional Ferrari. A traditional Ferrari red body makes it as timeless as the Bayeux Tapestry. The white patches on the engine cover (or the Marlboro sponsorship where allowed) helped break the red up. The white front and rear wings as well as barge boards helped to create one of the most stunning designs to ever leave Maranello.
Score: 9/10. A dominant red Ferrari. Need I say more?
11. Honda RA272 (1965)
The oldest car to grace our list and also the simplest. White, white and white was the theme for the body. Black race numbers made the car stand out while a sole red spot on the front half gave the RA272 a patriotic Japanese theme that built both Honda's brand reputation and served as a building blocks for a Honda presence in F1 that would create some of the sport’s most iconic moments.
Score 10/10. A simple livery from simpler times. As beautiful as a classic Jaguar.
by Matthew Gannon