Rach F1's Matthew Gannon undertakes a mammoth task of listing down 50 of the coolest F1 liveries of all time.
10. Benetton B195 (1995)
The 1995 Benetton made history by being the only Benetton to ever win a constructors championship. The car featured the typical two-tone blue and white scheme. However, gone was the green from 1994 and in came yellow sidepods. What made this car truly stand out was the stripes on the engine cover and the wavy stripes on the side of the nose cone. These features are rarely used on F1 cars, so it's inclusion drew attention and despite initial scepticism the yellow complimented the car beautifully.
Score: 8/10. An improvement on its predecessor and a classy start to our top 10.
9. Sauber C23 (2004)
As we've said previously, four colours on a car is risky: it's either a beauty or a beast. The C23 however is definitely a beauty. The white nose cone and dark blue body contrast perfectly; yellow barge board also work with the dark blue as seen on the Honda Chinese liveries and the Blue/turquoise combo also works very well. The turquoise provides us with a colour rarely used in F1 which is always a good thing.
Score: 9/10. Four colours beating together. We were all in love with the harmonious Sauber.
8. McLaren MP4-24. (2009)
The MP4-24 was the first McLaren to wear number 1 on its own merit since the start on the millennium. Sadly it was aerodynamically appalling and lacked pace. The new regulations for 2009 gave F1 cars a very different look and a new shape, one that really shows off the Vodafone livery used on the MP4-29. The silver colour is one that has worked well in F1 since its inclusion in 2006 and the red from title sponsor Vodafone compliments it perfectly. The top of the sidepods features some red boomerang shapes which accent the natural curvature of the car and truly embodies all that is good about the McLaren.
Score: 9/10. The start of a new era couldn't have come at a worse time for McLaren. Although they failed, they failed in style.
7. Williams FW19. (1997)
Jacques Villeneuve won his sole title behind the wheel of the FW19 and the car showed two things: Williams were still on top after two years playing second fiddle to Benetton and Schumacher, and four colours on a car works again. We've seen on the BAR cars that white, red and beige work well on a livery, tie them in with the traditional Williams blue and an ordinary decent livery becomes something special. As a footnote, we don't know what it is but the nose cone just looks beautiful. The sponsor decals, the big white number and the red, white, beige sash along the bottom of the cockpit all combine to be utterly beautiful.
Score: 9/10. Another stunner, only let down by the red HYPE sponsor on that barge board.
6. Red Bull RB11 (2015)
Why this Red Bull? Why is this of all the cars the highest on the list? The answer lies on both the sidepod and the cockpit surround. Metallic purple. All Red Bulls have been pretty similar: large sponsorship and Red Bull decals plastered all over the car with a pretty shiny dark blue body. For 2015 though a new colour joined the party. The change was more subtle than the Matte Bull of 2016 and nowhere near as radical as the camo bull from the pre-season test of the 2015 season, but it still made a difference.
Score: 10/10. The best Bull ever designed, a big Red Bull logo along the engine cover and Metallic Purple. An unsuspected match made in heaven.
by Matthew Gannon