Livery season is almost upon us once again! And you know what that means: it’s time for F1 Colours to get active for a little while!
The livery rumour mill has been somewhat quiet this time around compared with last year – with no new teams joining and very little in the way of mooted changes, it’s likely that the 2017 grid will look very similar to the 2016 one in terms of paint jobs. Of course, some teams may take the opportunity to mix things up thanks to the new regulations (hopefully) giving us a change in the look of the cars themselves, but we’re not expecting much in the way of major sponsor or colour changes.
Ferrari may well choose to ditch the white engine cover after an unsuccessful 2016 (which is a shame, as it was our favourite livery of theirs for a while). Mercedes and Red Bull will most likely stick with something very similar to what they already have. Likewise Toro Rosso and Williams. It’d be nice to see Renault or Haas make tweaks to their existing designs, and that Force India could definitely do with a spruce-up.
The three biggest question marks are probably over Sauber (who may get rid of the blue and yellow now that Felipe Nasr has gone), Manor (who could be under new ownership by the time the season starts) and McLaren. In the latter case, we hope that a new tie-up with Castrol could introduce a bit of colour to the car – but it’s more likely that it’ll be the same basic design as 2016 until they hopefully get a major title sponsor for 2018.
Of course, whatever the rumours are, that doesn’t stop the fantasy livery designers – who frequently come up with better work than those actually doing it for the teams – from having a pop. Here are some of the favourite concepts – whether rooted in reality or entirely hypothetical – that we’ve seen or have been sent to us in recent months:
Unfortunately, 2016 ended up being one of those years where I didn’t get the chance to do much with the site in the second half of the year – but we have some pretty nifty things lined up for 2017, so hopefully you’ll stick with us for that. Later this month, the site will be celebrating its tenth birthday with a couple of special features, and I’m also looking to do the next in our Livery Histories series – which was decided by a reader vote on Twitter to be Williams – and for the first time, it’s going to be done as a video. So there’s plenty to look forward to, even if this January and February’s launches don’t prove to be the most exciting!
Don’t forget that you can also keep up with the site on Twitter – more of my shorter comments about liveries (old and new) tend to happen over there these days, so do give us a follow if you’re interested in that kind of thing. I’ll see you again on 12th January (the official 10th Anniversary date) – or sooner, if anyone launches anything before then!