You may have noticed that there are still two teams on the grid who haven’t had any kind of car launch or livery unveiling. Well, there’s been no official announcement yet, but it would appear from photos of the Melbourne paddock so far that both Super Aguri and Toro Rosso are starting the season with identical designs to last year. Toro Rosso have changed their uniforms, however (race numbers on there again! Hooray!), and it’s interesting to note the visual identity they’re starting to carve out – their cars are still similar to Red Bull’s, but note on the uniform the darker blue, and the prominence given to that yellowish cream colour, and contrast this with Red Bull’s lighter blue, and strips of red/white/blue. It would be nice if they could get rid of the bull on the engine cover now, though – it’s really starting to get dull.
Super Aguri, meanwhile, having been bought out by the Magma group, don’t look like giving their cars a quick dash of paint ahead of the first race; but rumours abound that a new colour scheme, and perhaps even a new name, will be forthcoming in time for Monaco. We’ll keep ’em peeled.
Ferrari, meanwhile, have inked a deal with UAE airline Etihad – formerly of Spyker, but dropped in favour of Vijay Mallya’s own Kingfisher – that will see the brand on the red cars’ rear wings.