[Insert Team Name Here] Go Brighter Pink

Given that their BWT-inspired pink paint job was such a sudden and rushed announcement last year – and they decided against updating it as the season went on – we held out strong hope that The Team Soon To Be Formerly Known As Force India would put a bit more thought into it this time around. And, hey! They do seem to have done.

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The main change is the shade of pink, which has moved on from that somewhat washed-out Pepto Bismol look to something a lot brighter and more striking. But aside from that, the overall look of the design has changed, too – going from swooping rounded lines to a more stripes-and-blocks-based pattern.

And while it does perhaps look a bit busy in places, I do kind of like it – I think because there’s a distinct 1990s-ness of a sort we’ve generally been lacking of late. If the pink were one of a couple of different shades of blue we could almost be looking at a late ’90s Benetton or Williams.

Team Look We All Know It’s Going To Be “Force One” Don’t We have also decided to paint the halo in the colour of the car – which, the more of the cars we’ve seen, we’re veering towards being preferential to the carbon-black option (despite what Mercedes say).

Another team who’ve painted their halo the same colour as the car are Red Bull, who confirmed that their camo-livery is no more (indeed, it wasn’t even used for testing, making the point of using it in the first place somewhat difficult to fathom), and that they’ll instead race in basically the same as last year but with increased Aston Martin prominence:

Well done, guys.



    February 27, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    i really love the FI Livery. got a sneek preview during a factory tour last thursday and i really liked how much better the layout of sponers and colour and just the thought that had gone into it was evedent. i think this might just take the crown of ‘Best 2018 Livery’ for me. lwts just hope their performance matches (as per last year)


    February 27, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    This [Insert Team Name Here] pink livery is probably my favourite this year. Love the shade of pink (unlike last year’s), love the white bits, love the pink/white/blue combo, love the fact that there are no empy spaces like in almost every other team… Great job!

    The Red Bull… well, when they first launched the mate livery 2 years ago, it looked great and refreshing… Now, in my opinion, it’s starting to feel a bit dated. Props por the Aston Martin logos, though.


      February 28, 2018 at 5:52 am

      If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    A 1997 MasterCard Lola

    February 28, 2018 at 8:15 am

    VJM11 – Worst car of the year for me. Simply hideous. I’m alone in thinking the shade of pink is even worse, and since we’ve lost most of the darker accents, there’s nothing to make it stand out. And the white. Oh no. It just separates the pink into blocks that don’t follow the car shape, and it goes even worse with the car than the 2016 Ferrari. Did they even hire a person to design the livery?

    RB14 – To me, best thing they could’ve done is left it. It’s still beautiful [see comment on RB13]


    February 28, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Never cared for any force india livery, this pink monstrosity cements it, to think this spot on the grid had some of the greatest liveries of the 1990s(jordan)


    February 28, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    I do not like what they’ve done with it. The white and pink might it look busy and childish, and I think it’d be a more balanced livery overall had they used blue as 2nd colour instead.

    RB still looks good tho


    March 5, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    As much as I like it, it looks like a strawberry-vanilla icecream.


    March 6, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    hay Seb…when is the ‘best to worst of the 2108 liveries’ artical coming


    March 6, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    I like the nicer shade of pink on the Team Which Might Soon Become The Team Formerly Know as Force India, or Might Just Still be Called Force India, Who Knows car.

    Also random white bits! 😀


    March 15, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Still looks like Pepto Bismol to me. Better to make most of the car the bolder magenta, instead of just the little accent stripes.

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