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 fifth 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.
20. Scuderia Toro Rosso - 2006 Pre-Season Test.
Okay, so we thought the plain cars were gone. This one however is a little nicer than the ones we have seen up to this point. While sure it is a navy shell, the gold and silver bits on the car's extremities really bring out the best of the curvaceous body panels. To add to this the Red Bull logo on the front of the nose and engine cover added a final splash of colour onto a plain livery - however one which oozes class.
19. British American Racing - 1999 Pre-Season Test
After causing a stir at their launch by having two separate liveries. BAR rocked up to testing with a livery bereft of either of their major cigarette sponsors. Instead F1’s new boys arrived with a car sporting light blue, silver and black. Given the clean nature of this Livery and how messy the zipped livery that ran the season looked, it’s easy to see why we prefer the testing effort and wish this was the finished product.
18. Force India - 2008 Pre-Season Test.
Another livery from a then-new team here. Force India had a white and maroon chassis with a hint of gold for their opening tests. The car was certainly attention-grabbing and with recently retired Ralf Schumacher at the wheel the laps came in. While this livery certainly looked the part just as well as the race livery, we shall leave the debate on which is better up to you. Pushed up the ranks on simplicity and incorporating sponsors' needs perfectly, but let down by some lacking in the creativity department and little to no reference to the team’s Indian origins .
17. Renault F1 Team - 2007 Pre-Season Test
With Mild Seven ending their partnership for 2007 and reigning double world champion Fernando Alonso defecting to rivals McLaren, it was time for Renault to rebrand. While the sponsorship deal with ING was being finalised and the livery drawn up, the team ran a plain blue and yellow scheme in testing, which also toned in with the colours that brought the previous round of success. Gone however was the baby blue of 2006 and in cams a deep metallic blue toning in with traditional Renault Sport yellow. While eye catching and loved more than the race livery it wasn’t quite different enough from its predecessor to make the top 15.
16. Toyota F1 - 2001 Testing.
Ahead of a major move to Formula 1 for 2002, Japanese automotive giants Toyota did a lot of testing in 2001. Unlike the race liveries seen from Toyota, the test livery featured a lot more red panelling with white almost being the minority colour. The team had some nice liveries in their spell in F1. However after seeing this as the debut car it makes you wonder what if they had used more red on their actual race car...
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by Matthew Gannon