Marussia? I hardly know her!

Hooray! It’s a new livery that doesn’t just look exactly the same as the old livery! Huzzah!

Okay, so Marussia haven’t made the dramatic change that we might have expected from their taking over the Virgin team – they haven’t taken the opportunity to put their own blue/white/red colour scheme on the car, instead sticking with the established look of predominantly red and black, with white and grey trim.

But what they have done, at least, is change it up a little bit – in the first revealed pic (left) it looks less different from last year’s, with only the altered nose pattern standing out, but in profile view (right) we can more clearly see that it now takes on a diagonal, striped pattern. It’s at least distinctive, even if it looks a little bit too much like Dennis the Menace’s jumper, and even though it’s a shame the red now looks as orangey as it does, as the darker-looking shade on the 2010 car seemed to suit it a lot better. It is, just about, an improvement on last year – even with those slightly odd, blocky, boxed race numbers on the sidepods and nose tip, and even with the fairly awkward Marussia logo on the engine cover. And like many current cars, it could do with some more sponsors on its profile, but that’s a general F1 malaise rather than being specific to this team.

Not fantastic, then, but not terrible either – and at least, unlike many around them, the team actually seem bothered about freshening up the livery each year…



    March 6, 2012 at 5:32 am

    I quite like the side on view. This is how good the Sauber COULD have looked.

    It’s a bit of a McLaren Malboro livery mixed with Eddie Cheever’s helmet haha


    March 6, 2012 at 10:05 am

    This is the best of the year for me. You can’t go wrong with red and black

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