Rach F1's Matthew Gannon undertakes a mammoth task of listing down 50 of the coolest F1 liveries of all time. Here's the fifth part of the series.
30. BAR 01 (1999)
When you look at the BAR car from 1999 it did and still does look like two concepts squashed onto one chassis - and to be fair it was. BAR originally planned to run two separate liveries (see right) however after a dispute with the FIA they were forced into running a split livery which on its own was not a looker compared to the two cars that were originally shown at the launch. Why this design is included in the list is BAR's ingenuity. The zip on the nose ties the two cars together fairly well and after this truly strange design BAR resumed normal service in 2000 with only one standard livery.
Score: 4/10. As much as it was a love or hate design you always felt it was a design cobbled together rather than a truly sleek livery design.
29. Midland M16 (2006)
This livery from the team formerly known as Jordan was nowhere near as iconic as the Yellow Jordan. However due to the design of the car it has outperformed its predecessors here. The black and white block scheme is one which we know from history scores well on this list while the red parts of the car helped make the car recognisable. The first and only Midland F1 car was a thing of beauty even if it's performance was a thing of nightmares.
Score: 7/10. A good start to their F1 adventure that was never allowed to grow and develop.
28. Force India VJM05 (2012)
By 2012 few were surprised by the colours chosen from the team: green, white and orange in order to show their connections to native India. What made this one special compared to the one previously was the angular lines and extensions that defined the panels of the car. While 2012 was maybe not Force India's most successful year, it was one of their most attractive as few would disagree that both the previous and subsequent designs couldn't hold a candle to the 2012 effort.
Score: 10/10. As recognisable as it is cool, the best of the bunch and the first perfect 10.
27. Marlboro BRM P160/P180 (1972)
Many years before the dominant red and white Marlboro partnership that both McLaren and Ferrari enjoyed, it was British Racing Motors (BRM) who had Marlboro as their title sponsors. The cars featured a red top and white bottom with smooth white side pods and some go faster stripes on the rear wing, two sweeping wings with the front end of the car being particularly smooth. The use of large black race numbers only added to the professionalism on show by BRM when designing this livery.
Score: 9/10. A title sponsor which brought success to three teams and a car which makes you look twice.
26. BAR 006 (2004 - China Free Practice Livery)
The usual BAR cars all followed a set scheme since 2000: red and white with the odd splash of black. Discounting a few low key encounters with beige in the early 2000s that was as exciting as it got. Come the 2004 Chinese Grand Prix (the first F1 race in China) BAR encountered a problem, Lucky Strike wasn't on the Chinese market. As a solution the team designed a practice livery incorporating the 555 brand which was for sale in China. The team ran it for just the one practice session yet it etched on the minds of many for years, a fully blue and yellow BAR, something only seen to the right of the drivers’ head in 1999. The car worked perfectly, so much so that another 555 inspired Chinese livery was used a few seasons later.
Score: 10/10. So outlandish, unexpected and perfect. The greatest shame was that it never did a full season.
by Matthew Gannon