HRT, then. Is this lovely, or is it hideous? I can’t tell. I think it has elements of both.
Despite all this, though, it’s not that bad on the whole. I loved last year’s design at launch, but it grew old quite quickly, and ditching the “This Could Be You” nonsense was long overdue before the season had even ended, so it’s good that it hasn’t been carried over to this year. As it is, while it could do with more sponsors, it doesn’t do a bad job of looking smart without – and the one main sponsor they do have actually works surprisingly well, despite TATA’s blue ostensibly clashing with the colour scheme. The amount of white, though, means it’s successfully and cleanly separated – a lesson from which the more cluttered Sauber could surely take note.
It’s not a look that screams “This is a team that’s going places”, or even “This is a team that has a coherent visual identity”, but thankfully it’s also not a look that says “We couldn’t be bothered coming up with a new livery”, and for that I have to applaud them, given how utterly barren this year has been for entirely new paint jobs.
The less said about those uniforms, though, the better. Yeesh.