I feel like doing some livery rankings. Is this the right place for it? Well, the silly season and testing threads are supposed to be separate, so who cares, I guess.
The Ferrari liveries the past couple of years have been horribly boring. Yes, a Ferrari should be mostly red, but just plain red is so boring. But for this season they've spiced it up: now it's red and different red. Oh, and the Mission Winnow logo is bright green, because bright green on red is... er....
Seriously, what were they thinking?
I'll tell you the problem: it's the dip on the side. It's such an ugly shape. The colours are as cool as they've ever been, because they're the same ones, and if that turn down on the sidepod didn't exist this would easily be one of the better liveries. But it does, and every time I see it I'm sad about it.
The AMGs don't look as bad when the thing's moving, but really, they should've stuck with the stars. It's a shame, the red is worked in much better than before, the turquoise or spring green or something stripe looks nice, black and silver is cool, it would all work if they just... didn't randomly put something ugly on it....
7. Aston Martin
Not content to take so many of their parts from last year's Mercedes, they've copied the concept for the livery too. The problem is that green and magenta isn't as good a pairing. It isn't terrible – it was the first time I saw it, but since then it's been all right – but it's neutral, not actually good. Metallic green fading into black is so nice, why you gotta put a clashing stripe over it.
I wish they'd go nuts with the blue and azure stripes. Put that all over the car. Paint it over the boring white bit that makes the car have different designs depending on the angle, paint it over the black bit that's only there to put an ugly vertical border on the side. Engine cover: 5/5. Rest of the car: 2/5.
5. Red Bull
The main colour is so dull and it's in a matte finish that makes it look even duller. I've said it before and I have no problem saying it again, I want shiny purple back. Or at least go back to the glossy dull blue. That said, the colour isn't really ugly, and the car's got just enough extra bits to make it decent. But why are so many teams changing their liveries for the sake of change and Red Bull are keeping the boring thing they've got. I want to know.
4. Alfa Romeo
You've got a base colour and then an accent colour for the wings and sidepods. It reminds me of liveries I make for GP2 when I'm not feeling very creative. Oh, and there's some big Alfa Romeo iconography and a couple stripes, but that doesn't really affect how it feels. Same problem as the Red Bull, it's slightly too plain.
It's like the Alfa Romeo but the engine cover gets to be part of the accent too.
Part of me says it's mostly white and therefore boring, but a much bigger part says that the swooshes of Uralkali colours that just coincidentally happen to match something that's supposed to be banned give it this bright, spectacular look on the engine cover and fin, the same thing the Williams Martini concept and big diagonal "BWT" failed at. And the red stripe on the sidepod keeps that part from standing out in a bad way. You know those shots of milk in advertisements that make plain white look so good? That's how this design feels to me.
The Ligier... sorry, Prost... I mean Alpine this year looks great! It's mostly blue because it's France and then it's got some white and red for another layer of France, simple enough, but the diagonalness and the hatched bit and the fortunate coincidence that a letter A goes well with the shape they're already doing make something that "should" be basic really pretty. And the black wings make for a fourth colour that still goes with the rest of it. The specific shade of blue is... too bright to be Prost blue, the greatest colour in racing car history, but it's got some of its feel. Even though most of it is one block of the same colour, it's one fine design.
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