Renault Go Noir



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.

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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.

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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.


7 Comments

    K. Spatharas

    February 3, 2016 at 4:43 pm
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    It’s been said that this is only but a testing livery, and their proper one will be revealed in Melbourne

    I do hope so, because I find this livery bad, really; it’s just too dull and uninspired, I rathered the Lotus liveries than this one tbh

    K. Spatharas

    February 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm
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    What I am also very heavily worried is of the Infiniti logo, I’m very much afraid of shades of purple coming in and added haphazardly, ruining this livery even further

    There is some info that the purple shade was used already here: https://pp.vk.me/c630126/v630126256/11687/b4kHOTYE4so.jpg

      Victoriyes Winarto

      February 8, 2016 at 7:04 am
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      That’s matte black, not purple, both Nissan and Infiniti are also frequently posted in white font and black/red background. Interestingly Total is not major sponsors and not written in red/blue. It seems the livery is waiting for major sponsor deals before adding more colour then add yellow in place where sponsors are okay (font has to be black, because white in yellow is hard to read).

    fandericciardo3

    February 3, 2016 at 6:14 pm
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    Let’s hope there will be lesser boring colours on the 2016 grid.

    Patrick Donnelly

    February 5, 2016 at 4:05 pm
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    The McLaren Honda in the Marlboro day-glo red please………

    nick

    February 13, 2016 at 1:04 am
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    That concept that F1 RACING magazine did should be the only direction they should go, no questions asked, they did an excellent job

    AlexF1

    February 14, 2016 at 9:55 pm
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