Wow. Wowzers. And wow again.
We heard they were going to do a new livery. We thought it might involve Sugar Free Red Bull branding somehow. It didn’t. But it’s better.
This is just fantastic. An incredibly vivid, striking shade of metallic blue that will instantly pop out at any track it visits (something that’s especially relevant given what I wrote just a few hours ago about the Haas). Even more vivid red detail that pops out. And the Red Bull logo – not to mention the other sponsor names – picked out in bright silver.
It actually reminds me of one of my favourite ever liveries – the 2001 Prost – with its combination of metallic blue and red, but it’s arguably better, because it’s got a more unified design aesthetic. And just imagine what it’s going to look like under the lights of Singapore. It probably helps that the STR has one of the best design profiles of any of the ten chassis we’ve seen for this season – it’s got a shark fin, but one that actually looks cool and racey, and it doesn’t have a stupid stub nose either – but even on a dog of a car this would look good.
Of course, this means that we now have to say goodbye to the famous Toro Rosso bull, which has adorned every one of their cars (albeit in a much smaller profile over the last few years) since they arrived in 2006. We’ve said many times on the site that it was time for them to move on – and we feel vindicated by the fact that they’ve done so in such spectacular fashion – but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t feel slightly sad at saying goodbye to this piece of livery history. So let’s have a look at it one last time:
Huh. A shark fin. How about that.