2018 Launch News

Red Bull Hit the Matte

Not entirely sure how I feel about this one, to be honest. There’s good and there’s bad, so let’s take them both in turn…

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: The RB11 featuring the 2016 livery is unveiled during the launch event for PUMA and Red Bull Racing's 2016 Livery and Teamwear at Old Truman Brewery on February 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: The RB11 featuring the 2016 livery is unveiled during the launch event for PUMA and Red Bull Racing's 2016 Livery and Teamwear at Old Truman Brewery on February 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: The RB11 featuring the 2016 livery is unveiled during the launch event for PUMA and Red Bull Racing's 2016 Livery and Teamwear at Old Truman Brewery on February 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: The RB11 featuring the 2016 livery is unveiled during the launch event for PUMA and Red Bull Racing's 2016 Livery and Teamwear at Old Truman Brewery on February 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The Good

  • That matte paint job. Something genuinely distinctive and different, and which we don’t see in F1 very often (if at all, before? Not that I can recall, anyway) If there’s a downside it’s that in certain lighting it’s going to look black – which isn’t bad in and of itself, but it is if that’s what colour the Renault’s going to be – but it’s a really nice shade of blue, much more striking than in previous seasons.
  • The whole thing’s a lot tidier and smarter than at any point since the team’s earliest liveries. The additional AT&T sponsorship fits on nicely without doing anything clashy, and I like the simple, smart red line on the side of the monocoque.
  • THE PURPLE IS GONE, HOORAY, THE HORRIBLE SHINY INFINITI PURPLE IS ALL GONE

The Bad

  • This comes close to scuppering the whole thing, but I really don’t like the way the “Red Bull” text on the sidepod doesn’t have any kind of outline or shadow – the plain red on the blue background just doesn’t work. Imagine how much better it would look if the letters were outlined in white?

The I’m-Not-Quite-Sure-Yet

  • The redesigned charging bull on the engine cover, which is now entirely yellow and red without any white, is an interesting change in style, and it does look pretty good. However, I still think it would maybe look better with white on it (indeed, if they changed the sidepod lettering to be outlined white, then it definitely would), and as it stands, this feels a little more STR than RBR?

Still, on the whole, I’m giving this a tentative thumbs-up. The matte paint is a really strong idea that instantly sets the team apart – and hey, isn’t “really strong idea that instantly sets the team apart” basically what we want from any livery?

7 Comments on Red Bull Hit the Matte

  1. I really like this livery, from what has been unveiled so far, I feel this one is the best. I like the lack of white, it makes the whole livery feel more focused.

  2. fandericciardo3 // February 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm // Reply

    “Imagine how much better it would look if the letters were outlined in white?”
    I’ll take yellow outlines. As a response to this sentence, I’ll say they will look better.

  3. The car looks awesome, keeping in tradition and simplifying itself, yellow outlined font on the sidepod would complete this thing to perfection

  4. yellow outlines, yes

  5. bert van marenswoud // March 17, 2016 at 12:27 am // Reply

    I like it. But you are right, the red bull on the side in plain red isn’t working. Let’s hope they will fix it. And on a side note, I did like the purple of infinity, it’s a colour you do not often see and it was shiny, that made it work.

  6. I think RB wordmark is much better without outline

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