The Top 25 F1 Liveries of All Time : #5

Alright, I said the top 5 would be straightforward. Maybe I was wrong – this is less well known, and so might have been somewhat unexpected…


While a nice jazzy design is all well and good, sometimes I’m just a sucker for simplicity – if it’s done with class, and if the predominant colour is aesthetically pleasing. So I make no apologies for having this one so high in the list, particularly when you consider (and if you’ve been paying attention so far, you should know this) how much I like green F1 cars. There’s just something about this Tyrrell – from the brief period in which Benetton were just sponsoring F1 teams, rather than outright owning them – that ticks all the boxes for me. The Benetton logo of the era, as I mentioned when discussing their own 1986 car, oozes retro charm, but it’s the shade of green that really makes this – it looks fantastic. It’s also rare to see a car that mixes green with black – as opposed to the more common white or yellow – and while you suspect this is largely down to practical chassis-based considerations, the way in which it cuts diagonally down the flanks shows that some thought has been put into it. The little yellow flash on the nose, meanwhile, shouldn’t work, but kinda does. Oh, and – of course – something else the avid reader should be aware of: check out the huge race numbers (which get bonus points for being the traditional Tyrrell 3 and 4) on both the nose and flanks. It’s a shame the linkup lasted only a year – Benetton were already sniffing around other teams – and the purists may sniff at the colour scheme (given that a Tyrrell really shouldn’t be anything other than blue or white)… but you can’t deny how smart the whole shebang is.

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    February 13, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Very cool – had forgotten all about this one! Particularly like the V shaped rear wing in the first two photographs.
    I’m going to stick my neck out here and guess your top four to include an early elf tyrrell, camel lotus, B&H jordan and west mclaren.


    February 13, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Yes, you may be right – however i wouldn’t be surprised to see a mild seven renault/benetton or another 1990s williams. the 2003 renault looked fantastic in my opinion

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