After the success of last year's top 50 liveries countdown, we present you the Winter Olympics of the F1 world, the one off-liveries.
Pre-season testing often presents great hype and interest about which teams, if any, will run special edition liveries in its honour.
We selected 44 designs, before further cutting down to 40 liveries. Here's the first part.
Rules - liveries must only be used for one race/occasion per chassis. Any livery, which appears on multiple cars but uses the same basic design and is only used at one event per chassis, is allowed, although shall be grouped (see below for an example).
40. Red Bull Superman Livery - Monaco 2006
If there was a Grand Prix in which you may expect a special edition livery, it would be Monaco. It was in that case no surprise that with the Blockbusting Superman Returns releasing shortly, the team made it three-in-a-row for promoting a film via a special edition livery. While it was a smartly-designed livery that suited the shapes of the car well, the fact it looked arguably worse than the base livery means it cannot rank high on our list, join us later on to see if Red Bull can climb higher up the list with other cars.
39. McLaren Marlboro Lights - 1986 Portuguese GP
At Estoril in 1986 McLaren ran two liveries (don’t tell BAR). Champion Prost ran the usual red-and-white distinctive Marlboro livery, while his tea mate Keke Rosberg was sporting a ‘gold-and-white’ livery that looked a lot more like yellow and gold. While yes it looked good on the car and we like it, it just wasn’t a red-and-white McLaren, and as a result it can’t rank any higher up this list.
38. Scuderia Toro Rosso - 2016 Pre-Season
We’ve seen a few like this already in this count down. It’s a plain navy Toro Rosso. While the small dashes of red on the car number is an attractive part to the design, it is just too sparse and lacking to really be considered a contender. Still they beat the works team on one design.
37. Sauber - 1995 Pre-Season Test
It’s yet another plain navy car again here, which features near the bottom of our ;ist. What ranks the Sauber ahead of the STR is merely the fact that the shape of the cars in 1995 simply suits a less-busy livery more than the 2016 cars.
36. Spyker - 2007 Test Livery.
The Dutch team really really wanted a full orange car for 2007. They even tasked themselves to be as bright as was possible. Unfortunately they encountered the same issue that plagued Jordan’s gold cars. The TV cameras made the car look red. While the car didn’t look bad, the fact that the livery couldn’t even be seen by fans as it was meant to be designed meant it didn’t only need changing before round 1 in Australia, but it also unfortunately means the Spyker is stuck in the bottom part of the chart.
Join us later this week as we continue our countdown of the top 40 and see where your favourite ranks. Comment your predictions for number 1 below, catch our previous series here if you missed it and if you don’t already follow us on Twitter and Instagram @Rach_F1 or like us on Facebook for all the latest updates.
by Matthew Gannon