Red Bull’s New Livery Is Not Their New Livery

Well, I was excited for a moment, there.

It’s not that I don’t like the matt livery Red Bull have had since 2016 – it’s just that new liveries are always exciting, and the beefed-up Aston Martin sponsorship (you know, the one where a car company is the title sponsor of a racing team named after a drinks company) came with the potential for a fresh colour scheme to be added to the grid. And then, upon unveiling their new RB14, the team did so with a stylish new black-and-blue-and-white paint job. Hooray!

Unfortunately, it’s just another one of their camouflage testing liveries.

Which makes trying to judge it kind of pointless, really. The colour scheme is great, the white lettering and numbers work superbly well, and the pattern is… well, it’s distinctive, but of course it’s designed to be deliberately obfuscating (Red Bull do these things so that other teams don’t look at their aerodynamics during testing and nick them, as if the teams can’t see them at, say, the first race weekend of the season). But like I say, this is all a bit pointless, because the car is going to run for a few weeks in testing, and then it’s going to be painted back to look like last season’s again.

Someone pointed out to me when I said this was pointless that at least it means we’re talking about it. And, hey, I’ve done a post on it, so I guess I’ve proven them right. But I’m still annoyed.

Oh, actually, there is one thing that’s interesting to talk about: the livery, temporary as it is, seemingly confirms that it’s going to be a standard thing in 2018 to put race numbers at the base of the engine cover fin. It’s surely too much of a coincidence that Haas, Red Bull and (in a car I haven’t talked about yet because – well, look at it, aside from not painting the bottom half of the sidepod and monocoque, and a couple of new minor sponsors, it’s basically the same as last year) Williams have done it:

So that’s something, eh? Watch Renault and Sauber completely blow that theory for me tomorrow, now…




    February 20, 2018 at 8:17 am

    I love how the Red Bull (Aero & whatnot) looks, it’s really cool. I’m still hoping they have at least a slightly different livery on their actual car.


    February 20, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Agree Seb – disapointed that they arent coming up with something different. im still holing out hope that they keep the digital camo effect or do something with the bull or the text.
    still it keeps us squinting and trying to figure out the details outside the obvious.


    February 20, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    There’s an article in the testing/ pre-entry I suspect (hint hint), I remember the Williams BMW all midnight blue, and there’s the MasterCard Lola which never raced, and I’m sure there was a blue and silver RedBull that looked like the cans.


    February 21, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Red Bull: ok
    Williams: same

    A 1997 MasterCard Lola

    February 23, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    ‘Well, I was excited for a moment, there.’

    Couldn’t agree more. It’s a piece of beauty… no description required. But sadly it’s only a test livery, and less used than that hideous 2015 test one as well.

    Stop it, Red Bull. Or keep it the same.


    February 27, 2018 at 12:43 am

    Am I the only one that doesn’t like it? 🙁


    February 27, 2018 at 7:53 am

    In interview during the tests Dan Riccardo said, that new matt livery isn’t their final livery and RB designers are still working


    February 27, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    The Martini deal won’t continue from 2019 onward, so unless they get another title sponsor with the same base colours, next year’s Williams will have a totally different livery. Knowing this, try not to grade their last Martini livery too harshly.


    February 27, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Oh, I forgot about the Williams… I will only say this: they should take a good look at the Martini Lancias from the late 80’s/early 90’s WRC’s to realize it is indeed possible to make a different livery every year, despite the “obligation” of having the Martini stripes.

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