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Livery Histories #5: Minardi

Possibly the most beloved backmarker team of all time, and one for whom the word "plucky" was invented, Minardi's twenty-year history in F1 saw them carve out a distinctive visual identity in their early days, before spending much of the 1990s beholden to the whim of a succession of different sponsors as they struggled to raise enough cash to keep going; and then finally taking on a new guise in the early 2000s under the European Aviation-backed ownership of Paul Stoddart... [Read More]

January 19, 2015 // 5 Comments

Livery Histories #4: Arrows

One of F1's most venerable pub quiz answers, Arrows Grand Prix (also known at various times as Footwork Arrows and TWR Arrows) are most famous as being the team to have competed in the most races without winning one - competing 382 times between 1978 and 2002 without ever putting a driver on the top step. At the time of their demise, the team had one of the most noteworthy liveries in F1, courtesy of their dramatic and memorable Orange-sponsored scheme - although it had been diluted somewhat by secondary sponsors by this point, as we'll see. But it was just one of a line of varied and often inspired designs the team employed in their lifetime, showing that what they lacked in race-winning craft, they frequently made up for in livery quality... [Read More]

January 5, 2013 // 7 Comments

Livery Histories #3: Benetton

The third of our Livery Histories looks at a team that were close to my heart in the mid to late ’90s – Benetton Formula. The team didn’t win a lot of friends in the early ’90s, thanks to a series of controversies including the “poaching” of Michael Schumacher [Read More]

August 11, 2011 // 7 Comments

Livery Histories #2: Jordan

Better late than never, eh? In an attempt to shift discussion on this site away from the various Lotus teams for once, let’s finally get around to something I originally planned to do about a year ago – the second of my Livery Histories posts, this time focusing on one of the most [Read More]

December 15, 2010 // 13 Comments

Livery Histories #1 : Lotus

The first article in this series was originally going to be about Jordan Grand Prix, but following the news about a new Lotus team’s planned entry into F1 in 2010, I couldn’t help but get thinking about Lotus liveries. After all, of all the new teams entering next year, Lotus is the [Read More]

November 13, 2009 // 15 Comments