Team With New Rubbish Name Unveil New Rubbish Livery

It could have been a lovely and vibrant Spain-themed red and yellow.

It could have been a distinctive purple and white, to tie in to the corporate colours of the Hispania company.

It could have been a simple yet effective white, with Spanish flag trim, as we imagine the Campos might have looked.

But no. The newly-christened HRT (yeah… do you think anyone’s told them yet?) have unveiled their new livery today, and it’s… grey.

Not silver, you understand (although it’ll undoubtedly still be difficult to tell apart from the McLarens and Mercedeses on telly). But… grey. With a Spanish-themed stripe pattern that simply clashes. And barely any sponsors, except for a couple of rather bizarrely shaped boxes by the drivers’ heads. Hopefully Lopez and Chandhok will bring some names to the car before the 14th. Hopefully this was knocked together quite quickly and might be changed a bit by then, too. Hopefully it’s not just a slightly-altered version of how the Campos was going to look anyway. Because… that’s an ugly, ugly car. And given how good the other two newbies look, it reflects particularly badly. Virgin’s car looks as slow as a dog, but at least they’ve managed to hire a damn good livery designer.

Anyway, that’s our grid. I’ll be going over the new cars in full shortly – and getting your opinion on the colourful 2010 grid as a whole too – before spending the first race weekend examining any changes that take place in Bahrain, how the cars actually come out on track and on TV, and possibly even a run through of the drivers’ helmet designs. So stay tuned!


    Peter Tabmow

    March 5, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Wasn’t metallic paint invented so things like this wouldn’t happen?!


    March 5, 2010 at 8:42 am

    The car at least looks more the right shape than the new lotus, but plain grey? Maybe they were in a rush, and it was dark, and they’re colour blind.

    It looks like they did the launch in a school sports hall.


    March 5, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I don’t neccessarily think it’s ugly, I just think it’s booooring. About as interesting as a sock. I wish some day a team would do something completely innovative and different with their livery, I’m getting sick of white/ grey/ black cars.

    I haven’t given up hope that Sauber create a proper livery for their car soon- their current livery is not only boring but unimaginative- it’s practically the same as before. (And they definitely need to change their ridiculous name!)

    As for the future, I think an article ranking all the 2010 liveries would be interesting. I imagine my order might be different to everyone elses!


    March 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Yes, hopefully Sauber changes their livery for Bahrain!

    However, their name won’t change yet, because otherwise they will lose their TV money from previous years.


    March 5, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Make the sidepods white and it’s the inverse livery of BMW Sauber.
    Not the worst, it’s simple, so few things to say about it. When it was still called Campos, I hoped for some designs reaching back to their GP2-liveries.

    The Last Pope

    March 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Wow, that is bad. I doubt they will now change from the grey for the whole season and that is probably exactly how the car will look at the few races.
    The worst thing for me is the red on the front wing. WHY? Its not a sponsors colour its just plain red? It just looks totaly wrong like an old banger thats had its door replaced from another car of a different colour.
    Not only that but its bound to look just like a McLaren from a distance looking down a straight.They need to change it to grey or white to match the rear wing.
    I really hope the grey looks very dark almost black on TV and that they get that replacment wing they stole of another car sprayed the right colour soon.


    March 5, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    One word: barf.

    Miguel Gonzalez-Summers

    March 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Hear, hear, on what this scheme could’ve been…

    I was personally hoping for something that would’ve been an improvement on last year’s not-so-subtly ‘Spanishy’ Renault.

    Instead, we get what everyone seems to agree is a McLaren look-a-like… After Force India realised the error of their ways with this previously I’d have hoped this wouldn’t happen again… And then there’s the name! …geez… Would’ve hoped for more from a Spanish National effort!


    May 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Are you going to write something about the livery update HRT introduced in Spain? I quite like the new variant, looks far more professional and is simple, jetz good balanced imho. Though still lacking sponsorship.

    john lennon jealous guy

    July 5, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    My wife bought a used one for my house. But I am having some trouble and I could use some help.

    Need Luxury

    August 31, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    When you’re thinking of fantastic high-end autos, the Europeans maintain the leadership, due to such popular brands as Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin, and Lamborghini. Take joy in high quality, love life.

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