Have Force India been taking inspiration from concept McLaren liveries? We don’t know, but wherever they got their idea for their 2015 paint job, the point is that it’s a damned fine one.
Advance publicity teased it as something dramatic and different, but given the black and orange nature of their website and social media branding, it was hard to see exactly what would set it apart from their 2014 design. What we weren’t banking on, however, was the introduction of silver as the other main colour. If we weren’t so sure McLaren were moving completely away from the metal look this might be annoying – but as it is, unless Sauber or Lotus do something with black, it’s unlikely to clash too heavily with any other cars on the grid.
It’s a gorgeous combination of colours, applied in a manner that isn’t exactly flash, but which flows nicely on the car in an understated fashion. And they’ve finally – finally
– stopped plastering all their sponsor logos on in whatever colour they originally come in, instead applying them in a uniform white or black print as appropriate. While I’ve generally quite liked their last few cars, the team hadn’t yet done one that I’d outright loved
. This, however, is definitely that.
What with Williams sticking with their Martini job, and McLaren-Honda continuing to hint that white and red are on the horizon, 2015 (despite the reduced number of cars) is shaping up to be a livery year that I’m actually excited about. I hope it’ll last.