Rach F1's Matthew Gannon undertakes a mammoth task of listing down 50 of the coolest F1 liveries of all time. Here's the four part of the series.
35. HRT F111 (2011)
Hispania was one of the three new teams that entered F1 in 2010. While their cars always struggled for pace, their designs were clearly up to scratch. The red panels made a nice change and the chequered flag livery was easily one which appealed to the fans.
Score: 6/10. Sponsor-less and without pace, the looks of the car were fantastic... When it made the finish that is.
34. Lotus 49 (1967)
While Lotus may be more remembered for the Camel or John Player Special liveries, the Gold Leaf one is ranked highest on our list. The red-and-white is a reliable and a well appreciated colour scheme, while the added gold from the sponsorship helped make this car look outstanding. And in the hands of the legendary Jim Clark it won both races and hearts of F1 fans worldwide.
Score: 9/10. A true legend driving a timeless classic of a car. Why else?
33. Toyota TF104 (2004)
A patriot’s car if ever there was one. Only the colours of Toyota's native Japan featured on the car which even featured the symbolic red circle behind the drivers’ cockpit. Gustav Brunner made his third and final Toyota design his most successful and nicest looking with some scattered lines which gave an almost paintball affect. While points were difficult the design wasn't. Simple two colours with its iconic Panasonic branding, perfect.
Score: 8/10. Iconic and simple. What's not to like?
32. Marussia MR03B (2015)
The mid-season of 2015 brought some much needed sponsorship for Manor in form of FlexBox. Not only did this help Manor fund their way into 2016, it helped them create one of the best looking cars on the grid. Red and Blue has been sparingly throughout the history. However when combined with the white lines it created a car that fully deserved to be on our best looking list.
Score: 9/10. Beautiful second half to 2015, made even more special by looking way better than this season’s’ offering.
31. Caterham CT05 (2014)
A British machine racing in British Racing Green, very iconic and easily recognisable. The timeless colour was the only real colour on the car with only black carbon fibre panels on the front and back of the car to take anything away from the fully green car (note: the other variation of the livery did use white and a light green however that livery is not the one discussed here.) While the car may not be as patriotic as the Toyota from previously, it still had a vintage feel and some old Lotus vibes which really made it cool.
Score: 8/10. British Racing Green at its finest with nothing there to clash.
by Matthew Gannon