Long-time readers of F1 Colours will know that I have a… complicated relationship with the livery that Lotus (formerly Renault, formerly Benetton, formerly Toleman) have run since 2011. I was initially annoyed that they ran the JPS-influenced colour scheme in the first place, before admitting that they did a pretty good job with it. The first car was somewhat spoiled by the red wing endplates, but the design had grown on me by its second year in 2012. The 2013 car, by contrast, was an absolute mess – throwing more red onto the car but in an incredibly ugly fashion – that was then tweaked and improved significantly for 2014. Last year’s car moved the furthest yet away from the “JPS” style, but at the same time the team had actually worked the colours together better, and the black/red/gold scheme had become something that was new and distinct to them.
What I didn’t expect, therefore, was that for 2015 they’d make a shift back towards the livery’s initial inspiration. And while it’s still got problems… well, it’s probably the best stab they’ve had at it yet:
Several of us livery fans have been saying since 2011 that the Lotus would be a near-perfect livery if only they ditched all of the red (and other clashing colours, such as the green and yellow of the Lotus logo). They haven’t quite done that this year, but the volume of red on the car has been drastically decreased, and unsurprisingly, it looks a whole heck of a lot better as a result.