Red Bull! Force India! Williams! Uh… Brawn?

Right, then – let’s round up those missing livery launches, starting with the car driven by my New Favourite Namesake Driver, Seb Vettel, the Red Bull :

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Everything as you’d expect, here – a tweaking of the usual blue livery with the red/blue/silver corporate lines. Note the rear wing, though, being used to advertise Red Bull Cola. It’d be quite nice if one of the two teams (if not the main one, then perhaps Toro Rosso) decided to deck their whole car out in that red/white/blue colour scheme for a bit of variety, don’t you think?

Elsewhere, Force India have clawed back some respect from this website after their shocking McLaren copy-job last year, by going for something a bit more distinctive :

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Alright, so there’s still too much white – but in the absence of Honda (of whom more later) and Super Aguri, that’s not quite such a bad thing. I like that they’ve gone for a scheme that’s more in keeping with their team’s name and theme, making it clearly and immediately identifiable. Although it does look rather “cheaper” than last season – you can’t help but feel it has more of the look of a sponsorless, financially-struggling back-of-the-grid outfit. Oh, incidentally, confession time – images of this livery leaked a while back thanks to FI’s official 2009 calendar, which a reader kindly emailed me, and I COMPLETELY FAILED to get round to covering it, despite it being exactly the kind of scoop the blog was set up for!

So too, in fact, were those leaked pictures of the Williams livery that were around a short while back. Once again, the Grove outfit have eschewed an official launch, but have been running on-track at Jerez in what would seem to be their definite ’09 colour scheme. It’s pretty much as you’d expect – the usual blue and white of recent years, with the sponsors shuffled round a little :
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As ever, I like it. It’s perhaps a bit simple (like almost every team, it’s low on sponsors – not inherently a bad thing, of course, but it does leave the car looking a bit un-dynamic), but I like the shade of blue (I can’t tell if they’ve changed it this year, though – on-track it looks the same, but in those promo pictures it’s rather lighter) and the shifted swooping lines are neat. Gawd knows what’ s going on with those shark-fin things, though.

And finally, although there’s not been a launch, and there are no pictures or anything to share, I’ve heard murmurings that the soon-to-be-renamed former Honda team, possibly to be known as Brawn Racing, could be running a light-blue and white livery this year. Which would make for a nice bit of variety, I’m sure you’ll agree. Hopefully we’ll find out if/when they show up for testing, but if it does turn out to be correct, remember that you heard it here first. Unless you didn’t.


    Timothy J Bugle

    March 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Here’s my take…

    —Red Bull- Not much to say, it’s pretty much the same as in the previous 4 seasons. That’s seems a bit Toyota-ish for a supposedly dynamic company like Red Bull, but fortunately I’ve always liked the Red Bull colours, ever since they sponsored Sauber.

    —Williams- It seems pretty much identical to 2008, which is a shame as they seemed to be the only team which changed its livery every season (since it split with BMW anyway). Hopefully the blue will look as bright during the races as it does in the launch pictures, where it seems almost like the old Prost blue.

    —Force India- I agree, too much white, but I suppose they need some if they want to replicate the Indian flag. At least they’ve added two bright colours which we haven’t seen too often on the grid in recent years.

    (It would help Force India if India as a country had a national colour which they are identified through, like Dutch orange, Australian green/ gold, Irish green, etc. I know the cricket team uses light blue, mabye they could have used that for their cars.)

    —‘Brawn Racing’- Obviously we can still only speculate, though I heard a rumour they were looking at blue as well. But I wouldn’t be too enthusiastic about a blue and white livery, we’ve already got Williams and BMW Sauber, so I hope they go for something colouful and different to the boring looking liveries we usually get


    March 5, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I have heard that he will be basing the teams colours on the main sponsor: PETRONAS. Wheter that means a mainly aqua car remains to be seen, but should be pretty interesting…


    March 6, 2009 at 7:04 am

    the livery of the brawn racing can be of yellow and blue as the official website of the team got the same color.
    well,we can speculate only.. between the “earth dreams” are dead now!


    March 6, 2009 at 10:34 am
    Reply has a lime green/yellow, black and white theme – could be an interesting pallete to use for a livery!

    Can’t help but feel that FI could have done so much more. Good idea to go with the colours on the Indian flag, but why make white the dominant colour? Otherwise a sky blue livery, utilising India’s sporting colour could have been great.

    Watson Waterstone

    March 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Oh man, I love the green on the Force India! Theirs is easily one of my favourite, if not my favourite livery of this year. Though it would be better if the green would be more featured on the car, together with orange, seperated by a little bit of white. Green and orange go well together, especially the shades they’ve chosen. My own fantasy racing team uses orange with dark green as its livery. ^_^

    Also the colour of the Williams is definitely lighter than last year. Though it might be the same colour they used before that, 2006~2007. If I recall correctly, they made the colour a lot darker last year, which didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped.

    Thoughts on the “Brawn GP” possible livery: I do hope they go for the colour scheme on the website, though please let them not use too much white. If they pull of the yellow/black theme well, they might look like Jordan in the B&H days, except a little bit more… limy. By the way, I sure hope Brawn buys that team, it would be in better hands than before!

    Watson Waterstone

    March 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    …OH WHAT! I just read Brawn ALREADY bought it! Man-oh-man, am I ever so happy! I just need to remember to check out F1 news sites BEFORE this blog! XD

    Watson Waterstone

    March 6, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Update on Brawn GP: They just put a mockup livery on their website. It doesn’t look very good, too much white. Gives a kinda Tyrrell ’98 vibe. I hope they’ll change it.


    March 6, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    apparently the sponsors won’t be added until the Thursday of Australian GP week, so there is still a bit of a wait.

    Timothy J Bugle

    March 6, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I hope the predominantly white livery they’re using at Silverstone today is not the final design… look how well that fluroscent green could be used:

    el Mundo Diablo los Forcersoros Diaz

    March 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Apparently Brawn will be sponsored by Bwin this year, and the final livery could be black and orange…

    Just as long as it’s more Arrows than Spyker.


    March 10, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Thank goodness for Brawn GP and the opportunity for a different livery! Hopefully they stick with white, black and yellow, I think it looks pretty good. I’m suprised Brawn didn’t go gor for Man Utd red though lol
    Looks like Toro Rosso are doing something different as well with their new Red Bull colours, unfortunatley not Red Bull cola though.
    The new Force India car looks good, although I think they should have used more green and orange and less white, I’m liking the Whyte & Mackay whiskey sponsership (another Mallya owned brand).
    The blue on the Williams does look much brighter than last years in the photos from Barcelona this week, I must admit that the car did look much better in its dark blue test livery.
    I just admit that all the liveries this season look much better, don’t know if that is because there are fewer names and they are just that wee bit simplier?

    Waris / Watson Waterstone

    April 4, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Oh my, I hope Seb keeps this site up. I wouldn’t want it to stop being updated just like last year. =(

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