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.
35. Minardi Shakedown Livery - Minardi PS01 Launch 2001
Now we’ve already said an all black livery is hardly exciting, but this one manages to be a tad more interesting. Fresh off the back of a garish-yellow 2000 livery, the black Minardi was in a strange way refreshing. What stops this refreshing change to Minardi making it higher up our chart is that, it just is worse than the actual race livery and for that reason alone its journey ends here.
34. Honda F1 Team - 1999 Return to F1 Test
An all white Honda... how refreshing. This is more boring than the car in the 1960s. While yes the livery was hardly a work of art, it’s cool white colour scheme was just a classy testing Livery for a team merely testing an engine rather than running a car. Also what can you do with no sponsors? Anything less than plain just seems a waste and by sticking true to its heritage, we think Honda got it fairly right.
33. Scuderia Ferrari 156 - 1961 Belgian GP
Yes, your eyes do not deceive you - a yellow Ferrari! While the Italian giant is commonly associated with red as its racing colour, this is mostly because it is the racing colour of Italy rather than of Ferrari. Instead the background to the prancing horse, the true Ferrari racing colour of yellow. Used by Belgian racer Olivier Gendebian, a legendary Belgian sports car racer at his home race, the yellow car came home fourth and captured the hearts of half the fans who aspired for a yellow Ferrari F1 car, although certainly scared the red traditionalists in the paddock.
32. British American Racing - 2004 Free Practice livery
The most eye-catching designs seen so far on this list. The beautifully created Brazilian GP graffiti livery caused a stir in the paddock. The Italian design gave almost new insights into the positioning of an F1 driver. What was more impressive was, as other teams used the allowances of alternative liveries to create a larger revenue stream from sponsor advertising, the BAR team just got creative and captured the heart of its fan base.
31. Scuderia Ferrari - 2007 Fiorano Schumacher Test Livery
The publicity surrounding Michael Schumacher at Ferrari following Felipe Massa’s accident was immense. While Schumacher never went far from the sport and did regular testing for the Scuderia, it was in 2009 when Ferrari needed a replacement for the injured Massa that a Schumacher return looked on the cards. While injury prevented the seven-time champion form re-signing for Ferrari, the Livery he used at one private test was more than stunning. Plain red Ferrari with a neat black rear wing certainly made it one to remember, even if like the Minardi, it was less desirable than the race trim.
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 or check the previous part of the series here.
by Matthew Gannon