Look, F1 teams, we have to talk about this: grey cars simply don’t work. Black, yes. Silver, yes. But grey? The colour of the surface upon which cars run, against which they are photographed (and videos) around 90% of the time that they are in motion? No. It is just about the worst possible colour to run a car in. So why do so many of you keep doing it?
Haas’ first F1 livery wasn’t perfect, but it was a good combination of colours that worked well together, and with a bit more styling and/or a few more sponsors, it could have been significantly improved upon. As it turns out, however, the team have elected to change one of the main colours – and in the process gone backwards.
I can understand the team choosing to move away from silver, given the amount of it already on the grid (although it was a bigger issue last season than this, given McLaren’s switch to orange and black). But I really don’t think this was the way to go, at all. It’s dull, and doesn’t pop out of the track – and it feels like a 2013 Sauber or the 2010 HRT. Or a less metallic version of recent McLarens. They’ve even removed the splash of colour that the US flags gave the sides – changing them to a shade of grey instead.
Plus points? Well, I do like the shade of red they use – it pops out of the car well. And the styling on the shark fin is arguably the best use of that particular aerodynamic feature that we’ve seen from any team so far (although if the teams are so desperate to hide the things, I find myself wondering why they’re even using them at all, as I still don’t get what benefit they actually offer to performance).
But otherwise, this is really not an exciting livery in the slightest, and certainly not worthy of the ?? emojis the team heralded its arrival on Twitter with today.