Rach F1's Matthew Gannon undertakes a mammoth task of listing down 50 of the coolest F1 liveries of all time.
50. BAR 003 (2001)
A white backdrop is always a smart colour scheme. And with red, black and beige as supporting colours, the scheme is one of elegance and class. The side pods adorned with a neat, circular Lucky Strike logo and with all other sponsors written in either red or black, the car maintained a degree of consistency which is required for a good livery. The other notable feature being a line from the nose all the way to the back of the engine cover which was predominantly black with small red and beige blocks at the front. On a final note the white race number in a black circle is a quirky and stylish feature which adds sophistication to the car.
Score: 7/10. Classy, stylish and consistent. What's not to love?
49. BMW Sauber F1.07 (2007)
Another white-based car here. The BMW Sauber was one team which had a very similar livery throughout the 2006-2009 period. With blue side pods and rear wings the machine also donned traditional BMW M colours with subtle red outlines throughout the bodywork. Blue sponsorships and neat outlines, despite some cool angular features, made the BMW Sauber a desirable car livery throughout F1 history.
Score: 7/10. Another stylish and classy livery, would have scored higher with more variation over the four years it was used.
48. Honda RA107 (2007)
The most controversial car of the 21st century, a true love or hate car. For me it's a mixed one, the idea and marketing ploy was a lucrative one and made the Honda F1 brand extremely recognisable. Despite this, the only sponsorship on the car was a "myearthdream.com" website which conveniently doesn't exist. No matter how much you hate this car I admire it for ultimately being different, it was refreshing to not see red or white like we were used to from Honda and if you did love this car like me you'll be wanting the sponsorship-bare car higher up the rank. Unfortunately for the RA107 due to its doubters it remains too divided to be a great.
Score: 8/10. Cutting edge and unique, scores more points here than throughout the 2007 season such was its woeful performance on track.
47. Hispania F110 (2010)
The highest HRT were ever ranked until now - the first ever Hispania car was a thing of beauty. A simple black body with the tune of red and yellow as to incorporate their home country's colours (Spain). White lines adorned the body with the native Spanish outlines again creating a consistent and elegant styling on the car. Sadly the cash-strapped nature showed as the F110 was bereft of sponsors and had driver names on side pods, some how I feel a nice logo that fitted the bill would maybe have made this car jump up a good 10 places but alas here it remains.
Score: 6.5/10. Nice and flowing and wonderfully simplistic. Let down by budget deficit and poor decision on side pods.
46. Stewart SF02
Like most on the grid this is another white car. In fact bar sponsorship it's all very white. I like the 1998 machine slightly more than the other two versions either side of it although tweaks were very minor and all have the same charms. From the minor detail on the front wing supports, the stripe on the nose cone, the barge boards, the side pods and the engine cover. The tartan bars of blue and orange showed individuality and identity as Stewart embraced their Scottish routes just as Jackie did on his helmet when he raced in the 1960s and 70s. A nice title sponsor in HSBC and little in clutter gave the Scottish Braveheart a kilt design to be proud of. Oozing class, elegance and that little hint of ruggedness which suited the wild Scottish Highlands just as much as the glamour of St.Tropez.
Score: 8/10. A very individual car which found its team identity in a world where bold, powerful liveries dominated which still maintained subtleness and wasn't trying too hard to be cool,
by Matthew Gannon