Some Things Never Change (Especially If You’re Ferrari Or Red Bull)

Ahem, sorry. But having a four-year-old child means that song’s been playing in our house a lot lately.

Anyway, yes, we’ve had two new launches in the last twenty-four hours, but because they’re Ferrari and Red Bull, there’s not a huge amount to talk about in terms of the liveries being particularly different from last year.

Let’s start with Red Bull, because as they’ve said on Twitter, “liveries are made to last”. And this livery has lasted, albeit with some alterations, since 2016:

Even by their standards, though, this one is astonishingly similar to last year, which was itself astonishingly similar to 2018. The only changes that I can see at a first glance are that the word “Hybrid” has been added under the Honda logo, and the additional of a small new sponsor, myWorld. Evidently the team are basically treading water livery-wise until the departure of Aston Martin next year – although given that the arrival of Aston barely saw the livery change, it’s hard to imagine their leaving will do either. But let’s hope it does, because as smart and iconic as this one is, it’s really boring to keep seeing the same thing over and over.

Ferrari, meanwhile, made a reasonably big change for 2019 – with the shift to a matt red paint job and black trim for the new Mission Winnow branding. They’ve gone for an evolution of that style this time around, although sadly have still yet to extend the black to the wings (and add yellow) to give us the 80s/90s retro look we’re so badly craving:

The biggest visible change here is the race numbers, which last time around were in a heavily stylised (and slightly difficult to read) typeface; now they’ve gone for much cleaner, retro-looking outlined numbers that I’m very pleased by, and which look slightly like football shirt numbers.

The only oddity is that on both the fin and the nose, they seem to have been placed on an area of red that’s shiny, rather than the matt of the rest of the car? This creates an odd effect, and I wonder if they would have looked better just going straight on the normal background, or maybe having a white area with the numbers in black. But nevertheless, they’re smart and legible, and far more on-trend than the somewhat dated feel of last year’s style.

So, as is so often the case when reporting on these two teams, not exactly the most exciting set of launches; but there’s Renault coming later today, and we’re hoping for something a little bit different from them this time around…



    February 12, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    The numbers are more than retro looking, they’re indeed similar to the ones used in the Gilles Villeneuve era (more exactly, the 1981 Ferrari 126C)

    About the design… all we want are black wings and golden rims. Is that so hard to do?


    February 12, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    I like the small tricolore stripe below the steering wheel, but it still feels like the Mission Winnow logos should be in white.

    Andrea Anchora

    February 12, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    The way Ferrari places the sponsors on the car looks really outdated and messy. Also, in my opinion, the fact that the 3 logos on the sidepod (Ray-Ban, Ups and Shell) have a completely different styles with respect to each other has always been a problem for the flow of the livery in recent years. And then, even if i know this is a far fetched assumption, the Mission Winnow logos seem to be ranomly applied all over the car in such a way that they are ready to be removed without leaving a trace in case of another ban. This would explain also the disappearence of the black number plates on the fin and the black details on the front wing which hosted the MW logo. In fact the more I look at it, the more I’m convinced that those black accents wouldn’t belong to the sf1000 livery design if it awsn’t for the title sponsor.

    Márcio Freire

    February 17, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    To me, last year’s Ferrari livery was one of their worst ever… And this year it doesn’t look much better. A mess of logos, an hideous MW logo, and the mate red doesn’t really catch my eye either…

    Red Bull… They could do a lot with their livery… They sould do a lot with their livery… And you’d expect them to change it every now and then, given that Red Bull is such a modern, radical and stylish brand… One word: BORING!

    Emin Zeynali

    February 21, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Instead of return to Villeneuve and Schecter – era style they just used numbers from this times… Very disappointing

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