During their various stints in F1, Renault have had some of the best liveries ever in the sport, and some of the worst. The much-anticipated paint job of the newly rechristened “Renault Sport F1 Team”, however, is very definitely somewhere in the middle.
It’s certainly smart, there’s no denying that. A plain black car with just white sponsor logos can look fantastic, and there’s no harm in the additional yellow touches, either. I liked this livery fine enough when it was appearing on Minardis in the 1980s, for example.
But the disappointment, and the feeling that it’s all just a bit dull, stems from the fact that Renault’s return to F1 was supposed to herald the glorious return of yellow as a colour scheme for the first time since 2010. Alright, so there’s still a chance that Haas will go down that route (although sod’s law being what it is, what price they’ve also gone for a conservative, mostly-black job?) but when all’s said and done, we’ve had a fair few black cars on the grid in the last decade (including the last few run by this very team), so this doesn’t feel like the dramatic step into the brand new that we were all hoping for.