Rach F1's Matthew Gannon undertakes a mammoth task of listing down 50 of the coolest F1 liveries of all time. Here's the third part of the series. For part one, click here. Part two can be found here.
40. Renault R25 (2005)
When Renault bought out Benetton for 2000 and ran a works team for 2002, a neat blue and yellow colour scheme was unveiled. As the design got older it matured with age - and boy did it age well. The 2005 and 2006 cars were adorned in Mild Seven sponsorship and piloted by Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella. The R25 was known for its fine performance on the track. However, like all in this list it was a car that was aesthetically up the front of the grid too. A yellow nose cone with shades of light blue sweeping along the car; the blue and yellow Renaults became a symbol of the Alonso era of Formula 1 and like any truly good looking car will go down in history.
Score: 8/10. Again iconic and extremely underrated, consistently a good looking car from its inclusion in 2002 that got prettier with age.
39. Brawn GP BGP 001 (2009)
A chassis designed for a Honda engine yet powered by a Mercedes, the BGP 001 initially sounds like an odd job destined for disaster. Despite this the, car was a revelation, with Jenson Button winning the drivers championship and Brawn winning the constructors title in its one and only season. The car may have been quick, but it was also a thing of beauty/ A simplistic plain white body which begun the campaign bereft of sponsorships was complemented by neon yellow outlines creating drastic edges to the car and complimented more so by the thin black line which made the neon stand out. Not only will the Brawn season be remembered for its unexpected rise but also for arguably having THE livery of 2009.
Score: 7.5/10. Never got a chance to develop into an ultimate swan but was definitely far from an ugly duckling.
38. Jordan EJ12 (2002)
The 2002 season was the end of an era for Jordan, Benson & Hedges were no longer the title sponsors as DHL took over the reins of lead sponsor. Despite this Benson & Hedges played a prominent role on both the front and rear wing as the lengthy tenure continued. The 2002 livery was arguably the best of this generation of the cars as it looked more professional. Gone were the silly animals on the nose cone and the Jordan had the sleek recognisable look which easily makes it into the top 50.
Score: 8.5/10. The culmination of a timeless livery, instantly recognisable and one that ran until the team was rebranded by new management in 2006.
37. Brabham BT45 (1976)
Nowadays if we talked about a Martini livery then Williams would be the only team that springs to mind. But back in the year Hunt Vs Lauda dominated the sport, there was another Martini-sponsored car on the grid, the Brabham BT45. The new technology of greater air intakes was no doubt a good addition but the car’s performance never quite matched the hype of its appearance. A red body which adorned the traditional Martini racing stripes all along the edges made the Brabham a beautiful looking livery .Despite the underperformance many top drivers including Niki Lauda drove the Brabham BT45. Although I doubt it was for its looks, it's a nice thing to believe.
Score: 8/10. Simple and classic, claret red with the iconic Martini branding, a recipe for success
36. Mercedes MGP W01
The return of the Silver Arrows in 2010 was as we expected, a predominantly silver car which featured a black tip of the nose cone, title sponsors Petronas injected their little bit of green which helped to take an ordinary looking livery with dull colours into a well styled, intricate and subtle on. Although it never reached the heights of more Mercedes cars, it maintained their history and dragged the brand into the 21st century.
P.s. Did I mention it was driven by Schumacher on his return.
Score: 6/10. Black and silver was an interesting and effective colour scheme made beautiful by the Petronas green colour.
by Matthew Gannon