Rach F1's Matthew Gannon undertakes a mammoth task of listing down 50 of the coolest F1 liveries of all time. For part one, click here.
45. Minardi M01 (1999)
Piloted by Marc Gene and Luca Badoer, Gustav Brunner hadn't designed the car that would take everybody’s favourite underdogs to the top. The paint job, however, did earned it big plaudits. The unusual Silver body with a blue engine cover and cockpit area made heads turn when it drove on by. The colours complimented well and looked sleek despite being over run with sponsors. Big money sponsorship with Telefonica and Fondmetal still provided logos which complimented a very unique coloured car which makes my top 50 with ease.
Score: 8/10. As daring as it is beautiful. Such an unused combination which I really wished was used more in the sport.
44. Williams FW21 (1999)
The Second year of Winfield sponsorship for Williams led to yet another year of controversy and frankly weirdness... a red Williams. The 1999 Williams was not the most competitive car ever, however, it's colour scheme was certainly intricate. Red body, white nose cone, orange tops of the side pods and some blue rear winglets. Four colours rarely works, in fact it has produced disastrous efforts in the past, just ask Benetton. However for Williams it worked wonders.
Score: 7/10. The red and orange make nice compliments with white and the touch of Blue keeps its Williams identity as well as the idiocy in colours that makes this car a looker.
43. Lotus 95T (1984)
The 1984 season may have been dominated by McLaren and the debut one for Ayrton Senna. However, eyes were on the John Player Special Lotus' which were the eye candy of the F1 contingent. While the 95T didn't have the famous yellow helmet of Ayrton Senna bobbing in the cockpit, the simple black livery with gold detailing that had been made famous since the 1970s made it a winner in our eyes. While the car chosen wouldn't have mattered specifically as a lot of Lotus cars ran the JPS livery I have personally always liked the 95T and believe this to be the most beautifully designed.
Score: 9/10. A timeless livery that will be remembered by fans forever, what more can you ask for.
42. Williams FW36 (2014)
The first of the era. A new set of regulations in 2014 propelled Williams back up towards the top of the pile after struggling the seasons prior. Not only did they have the car performance but they also had the aesthetics to back up the car. A plain white car with sleek elegant lines adorning the blue and red of title sponsors Martini. A classy car that was ready to take Williams back to their rich title-winning heritage, only to be quashed by an overly powerful Mercedes.
Score: 7/10. Simple if a little plain and a little tiresome in now its third season on the car.
41. Renault R27 (2007)
With the limitations surrounding tobacco sponsorship in F1, the days of Mild Seven Renault were gone. In came a new livery and new sponsor in ING. The yellow remained and was joined by orange and dark blue, while white touches provided another example of four colours working together harmoniously on the R27. Elegant flowing lines, cool calm, precise blocks of colour, genuine beauty in the design and those bold deep blue wings made the car again another head turner.
Score: 8/10. A nice change from the Renaults of the previous decade and although symbolising the beginning of a slower era for the team it was a nice livery.
For part one, click here.
by Matthew Gannon