2018 Launch News

Sauber Unveil Previously-Unveiled Livery

On the bright side, Sauber have got a new livery. On the down side, it’s not that new.

At this point I’ll direct you to what I said about this in our What to Expect in 2018 piece:

While the colours used are not without their charm – putting us in mind of the unused Force India test car – the application itself is (in true Sauber fashion) a bit bland and flat, especially after the delight that was their 2017 car. So here’s hoping when the car actually comes to rolling out, it’s had a bit more work done to the paint job. Of course, this is Sauber, so chances are this is exactly what we’ll see.

And sure enough, there we have it. There are differences between this version and the December version, but they really just amount to a couple of additional new sponsors here and there. It’s also worth noting that this one doesn’t have the race number on it, but the launch version was actually the first car to show the new “rear of the engine cover” placement that really does seem to have become standard this year (as demonstrated by Renault, more of whom later), so we’d be amazed if the actual race version of the Sauber doesn’t have it too.

But yes. I’m torn on this one, because I really like about half of it – specifically, the metallic red half. But the white and blue area is just back to Boring Old Sauber, and takes up far too much of the car – and given what a fantastic livery they had last year, it’s a shame that they’ve regressed a bit here. It also means that with Williams and Hass already having unveiled predominantly white cars, already 30% of the grid will be that main colour – which is all starting to feel a bit 2008-ish.

One utterly terrific thing about Sauber this year, however, is the new helmet design for Marcus Ericsson:

… which comes from one Sean Bull, a designer well-known to us for his fantastic fan-livery creations. Like many of his fellow fan designers, Sean has in recent years begun actually creating liveries for professional teams and drivers, and we’re hugely pleased to see him make the step up into F1. Given how good his work here is – demonstrating how solid colour-block helmets really are better than modern ones – we can’t wait to see more of this sort of thing in the future. Maybe Sauber could start by getting Sean to spice up the car a bit?

5 Comments on Sauber Unveil Previously-Unveiled Livery

  1. Marcus’ helmet is probably the best of them all on the grid.

  2. Bouke Bunnik // February 21, 2018 at 5:52 pm // Reply

    I haven’t yet seen your article about the Renault – which as as a car is a bit disappointing to some, but wanted to note that Sean Bull likely won’t be doing much work for Sauber,as he announced on twitter today that he starts working at Renault F1 PR, come March!

  3. Due respect, but I’ve always found Sean Bull designs a bit overrated. His liveries are always too flashy, too metallic, and just don’t feel like the real thing at all. And Ericsson’s helmet is just as boring and pointless as Ericsson’s continued presence in Formula-1 itself. No design can help that.

  4. I have always liked Sean’s designs. I can’t see the link between Erickson and Petterson’s helmets though. If only the Alfa red was on the top of the monocoque too we would have a beauty.

  5. A 1997 MasterCard Lola // February 23, 2018 at 5:59 pm // Reply

    It’s a bit bland. I don’t hate it, I don’t love it. I like the burgundy but it being only on the back of the car is stupid. The stripes are nice. It’s also looking very bare, with 2017’s departure of Silanna and Banco do Brasil.

    Kind of reminds me of a burgundy version of 2010-2013.

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