2017 Launch News

Force India End 2017’s Hot Streak

Oh, Force India. What happened? This is so disappointing.

It’s disappointing because in 2015 you did something new and fresh and cool that was our favourite livery of the year. It’s disappointing because if you were going to change it after two years, we expected you to improve on it, not make it worse. It’s disappointing because there’s already a predominantly silver car on the grid.

And it’s disappointing because 2017 was going so well, but then you had to go and spoil it all by doing something stupid like this livery.

It’s just… crap. It’s just a boring mass of silver, with an orange swoosh on the sidepod that doesn’t work. It has no imagination or style. And it has the worst possible interpretation of what to do with the godawful shark fin this year’s cars have been stuck with. What’s odd is that it’s not that different overall from the previous one – it’s just that it shows how making one major change (in this case, switching the engine cover from black to silver) can completely ruin a design.

Guys, you’ve McLarened it. You’ve McLarened it right up.

14 Comments on Force India End 2017’s Hot Streak

  1. Yup, it’s dreadful. I do like the N64 nosecone though.

  2. McLarened it, an excellent and apt description! The nose also looks god awful in my opinion. Heard one prominent F1 YouTuber call it the “baby-bump nose” and he studies aerodynamics at University, said it wouldn’t even provide aerodynamic aid, yet to be seen of course, he’s only a student. A massive, massive shame.

  3. Worst looking car in a while, both in terms of livery and aerodynamic shape. The nose?! That bump?!
    It’s like someone’s painting an F1car almost overall red and make it look like a ferrari (in this case red would still be a more interesting color than silver) awful … just awful

  4. Yup i agree, changing the engine cover is the worst thing to do

  5. Even Autosport is running a headline describing the Force India as an ‘ugly duckling’.

  6. Honestly, it’s the shark fin that makes this livery go downhill. While the silver is a meh choice for me, the shark fin sticks out like a sore thumb. Add some color! A bit of orange or green to it. Or move a sponsor logo there. The rest of the car looks fine. Just change that fin!

  7. On Bahrain they could put FlyKingfisher instead of Kingfisher Premium

  8. fandericciardo3 // February 23, 2017 at 8:27 am // Reply

    This is rubbish.

  9. ok – im the only one here thats going to say that i dotn mind this livery. if im honest, witht he shark fin slightly too much silver but it an improvement on last year. at least there is a movement away from the dark colours of previous years as before. and the extra orange on the side pod is a sight for sore (heavily blacked out) eyes. mabey just mabey, this could be the brightest year for liveries since the turn of the century (well mabey thats pushing it, but you get the point).

  10. I don’t hate it, but given the amount of black, silver and grey elsewhere on the grid it feels like such a huge opportunity to stand out wasted when they come up with something like this.

    The fin makes it look as if they didn’t have one, panicked when they saw Sauber & Renault were running them and quickly added on a bit of spare bodywork.

  11. I’ve thought for a while that a dark pink and black livery could look pretty good. Soft pink however… hmm.

  12. Well, the pink livery does look more cohesive than the silver slab; and it’s more colourful, but it is a bit garish.

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