Well, I was excited for a moment, there.
It’s not that I don’t like the matt livery Red Bull have had since 2016 – it’s just that new liveries are always exciting, and the beefed-up Aston Martin sponsorship (you know, the one where a car company is the title sponsor of a racing team named after a drinks company) came with the potential for a fresh colour scheme to be added to the grid. And then, upon unveiling their new RB14, the team did so with a stylish new black-and-blue-and-white paint job. Hooray!
Unfortunately, it’s just another one of their camouflage testing liveries.
Which makes trying to judge it kind of pointless, really. The colour scheme is great, the white lettering and numbers work superbly well, and the pattern is… well, it’s distinctive, but of course it’s designed to be deliberately obfuscating (Red Bull do these things so that other teams don’t look at their aerodynamics during testing and nick them, as if the teams can’t see them at, say, the first race weekend of the season). But like I say, this is all a bit pointless, because the car is going to run for a few weeks in testing, and then it’s going to be painted back to look like last season’s again.
Someone pointed out to me when I said this was pointless that at least it means we’re talking about it. And, hey, I’ve done a post on it, so I guess I’ve proven them right. But I’m still annoyed.
Oh, actually, there is one thing that’s interesting to talk about: the livery, temporary as it is, seemingly confirms that it’s going to be a standard thing in 2018 to put race numbers at the base of the engine cover fin. It’s surely too much of a coincidence that Haas, Red Bull and (in a car I haven’t talked about yet because – well, look at it, aside from not painting the bottom half of the sidepod and monocoque, and a couple of new minor sponsors, it’s basically the same as last year) Williams have done it:
So that’s something, eh? Watch Renault and Sauber completely blow that theory for me tomorrow, now…