Here comes the latest episode in the F1 liveries series – year 1993. Mercedes made their F1 return in 1993 backing the only new team on the grid – Sauber.
Same as last winter I hoped Williams would keep the dark blue livery they used at and since their launch. It does look like however that the final version of their 2009 livery will again have a touch of white. Here are the photos that Ollie from BlogF1 discovered at Williams’ sponsor (Allianz) website, marked as FW31 …
The F1 Liveries History is back with year 1994. The year of tragic San Marino GP, the year when Michael Schumacher won his first title, the year when David Coulthard made his F1 debut.
Two new teams arrived in 1994 – Simtec and Pacific. McLaren switched from Ford to Peugeot engines (before turning to Mercedes in 1995). This was the last F1 season for Lotus and Larrousse. In total there were 14 teams on the grid in 1994.
After few weeks break here is another part of the F1 Liveries History post. This time year 1995 when 13 teams entered (although Simtek did not last for too long) and 37 different drivers started races. Forti was the new team on the grid, Jordan was yet to get the Benson&Hedges on board, and there was also MTV car .
Renault are another team to launch their 2009 car today. They joined Williams and revealed their 2009 challenger – R29 – also at Portimao test track. Same as all the other 2009 cars the new Renault sports the massive front wing and tiny tall rear wing. Unlike others however new Renault keeps the 2008 shark fin. There is also small livery change. The addition of Total branding resulted in new colour in the mix – red. I must say the car looks a bit better than the previous pure ING white orange blue yellow combo.
Williams rolled out their 2009 F1 car – FW31 – today at Portimao circuit. The car is still sporting the interim livery. The 2009 racing livery is to be revealed according to some in February, according to some others just prior to Australian GP. Will see. I for once would not mind seeing this great all dark blue livery on Williams next year. But I am afraid they will add some white again before the season kicks off …
We have seen the first three 2009 Formula 1 cars – Ferrari, Toyota and McLaren. Thanks to the new regulations they all have some very obvious common features – large and low front wing, small and tall rear wing, slick tyres and rather clean body with no winglets, towers, horns and other appendages.
This creates the impression that all these cars look very much the same. A comment from Byron suggests that if all the cars released last week were painted in the same colour it might be hard to tell which one is which.
Another 10 days passed, we are now only 70 days from the first F1 race of 2009 season. And we already have some clearer ideas how the 2009 Formula 1 cars will look.
Ferrari kicked off the launch season with presentation of their F60, Toyota followed with their TF-109 and the first week of 2009 launches ended with McLaren and their MP4-24.
The Formula 1 liveries are back with season 1996. Season 1996 – Jacques Villeneuve arrived in F1 and Williams dominated the field with the champion Damon Hill starting from the front row in every single race.
The look of the grid was so much different than a year later in 1997 … This was the last season of the iconic Marlboro dominated red and white McLaren livery, Jordan was on the way to turn yellow but in their first Benson & Hedges season painted their cars gold to match the colour of the ciggy boxes. Benetton changed several logos on their sidepods and also took Kingfisher on board – the first time Vijay Mallya got himself involved in F1. Arrows was called Footwork that year and Forti although folding after 10 races still managed to run 2 very different liveries. The green one was to signal the life saving sponsorship deal with Shannon Racing that however later went sour. This was also the last season for Ligier before Alain Prost turned it into Prost.
Well, and Ferrari car looked rather funny and quite different from the others back then in 1996. But for the first time they had Michael Schumacher in the cockpit…
The F1 liveries of the past are back – this is year 1997. The year when Williams were the dominant force, the year when Marlboro moved from McLaren to Ferrari. The McLarens turned silver/black, the barcode appeared on Ferrari cars for the first time. The variety of all the sponsors seems to have been much bigger back then, not too many of those are involved in F1 these days. And look at the variety of engines -Ferrari, Mercedes, Ford, Renault, Peugeot, Yamaha, Honda, Hart…
Update: I totally forgot about the MasterCard Lola … Added the livery to the bottom of the post
FIA and FOTA came to some sort of agreement on cost cutting at their meeting yesterday. We are to see tomorrow what are they so happy about. But besides cutting the expenses the teams also need some sort of income from sponsors or drivers. Here is quick overview of the latest developments on F1 sponsorship front:
Honda is out of Formula 1, here is their latest Formula 1 odyssey in pictures, from end of Tyrrell to end of Honda:
1998 – British American Tobacco buys Tyrrell
1999 – Tyrrell renamed to BAR and enters with the schizophrenic Lucky Strike / 555 livery