2019 Launch News

Blue, Blue, Electric Blue for Williams

Well, we expected a different identity for the Williams team for this season – and we’re pleased to say they haven’t let us down, developing a completely new colour scheme rather than simply adjusting a previous design or falling back on their 2000s default of blue and white.

Well, we say completely new – it’s worth noting that “white, light blue and red” were the main colours of the Martini livery, and they’re still the main colours here. But they’ve very much taken things in a different direction, basing their identity around a sharp, electric shade of blue of a type that hasn’t really been seen on an F1 car before. If you look over to Formula E, electric/fluorescent colours are a bit more of a standard – and the new Williams team kit certainly looks a bit more like an FE outfit – and we wonder if it’ll be the case that more teams will move in this kind of direction in order to stand out a bit more.

The big surprise of launch day, meanwhile, is that the team have a new title sponsor – Rokit, a new mobile phone manufacturer co-founded by Jonathan Kendrick, who worked as a tyre engineer for Goodyear in the late 1970s and actually even worked on Alan Jones’ Williams in 1978. We know very little about this new brand at this point, and it seems to fall very much into the tradition of “boutique companies that don’t really mean anything to anyone outside of F1” kind of sponsors. But at least it means the team has a title sponsor, and what’s more, the red of their logo, while it hasn’t been worked into the livery itself (the deal presumably coming too late in development), maintains a slight consistency with the Martini look and feel.

Colours aside, the livery itself isn’t the most inspiring – the shape of the colour section calls to mind the default liveries on an unlicensed game like Motorsport Manager, and it’s otherwise all quite plain and straightforward. There’s been criticism in some quarters of the “fade” or “spraypaint” effect rather than having clean lines to delineate – something I’ve never been that keen on when Mercedes do it with the Petronas turquoise, but truth be told I think it works a bit better here. It’s also still annoying the way so much of the car is carbon-coloured – though it’s also worth bearing in mind that this is a 2018 car in 2019 colours, so if this year’s car is a dramatically different shape perhaps more of it will actually be painted, too.

All in all, though, it’s a cautious thumbs-up. It’ll take some getting used to, as it really doesn’t feel very “Williams” in style. But it’s clear that the team needed a new identity to strike forwards with, and in this they’ve certainly got it.

7 Comments on Blue, Blue, Electric Blue for Williams

  1. Colors used on new Williams are OK for me, especially that light blue. Two things I don’t like though:
    1. Rexona and Orlen logos are hard to read.
    2. They copied what Renault did with their numbers last year: same color as background outlined in contrasting color. I didn’t like it last year and I don’t like it now. Even Renault switched to nice easily readable numbers this year

  2. IMO, That Rokit Logo itself is incredibly ugly….

  3. Greg Griffiths // February 13, 2019 at 1:39 pm // Reply

    I don’t like the rockit logo but the rest of that is growing on me.

  4. A 1997 MasterCard Lola // February 13, 2019 at 9:30 pm // Reply

    Let’s be honest, part of the reason it looks so disgusting is the spray paint effect in that sort of circle shape. It just doesn’t look like it belongs on a car. Let alone a Williams.

  5. Arthur Alford // February 15, 2019 at 11:14 am // Reply

    When I first saw it, I thought it was just strange lighting. Seeing it from different angles, it will probably look better on the track. But the large amounts of black are distracting, and the shape of the car is not enhanced by it.

  6. I think if they had made it all in electric blue it would be amazoam.

    That white paint on the engine cover just screws everything.

  7. Bert van Marenswoud // February 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm // Reply

    The blue reminds me of the turquoise from the leyton house. And the overall feeling for me is “it could have been worse”.

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