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.
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.