Here come the liveries of 1998 Formula 1 season, the next part of the F1 Liveries History series of posts. The look of the 1998 grid was quite similar to season 1999. The biggest difference – Tyrrell was yet to turn into BAR, Arrows was yet to turn orange and Minardi had more Williams like look than Williams car itself . I must say the cars looked quite neat back then although that front wing and long nose on Prost is a bit funny. And that Jordan rocked …
When BMW Sauber took their latest creation to the track in Barcelona many (including BMW Sauber test driver Christian Klien) branded it the ugliest F1 car ever. Well, the car sure ain’t any beauty but ugliest ever ?
I checked out several f1 forums to see what are the other cars often considered the worst ever. I think thin the latest BMW Sauber is still way too beautiful if compared to some of these :
Interesting and quite surprising news came out of the Red Bull camp. The energy drinks company bought back the 50% stake in Scuderia Toro Rosso from Gerhard Berger taking full control over the former Mindardi team.
“I am very grateful to Gerhard for his huge input. Together we turned Toro Rosso into a team that qualified on a regular basis in the top 10 and collected world championship points.”
Here is another part of the trip back in time with the F1 Liveries History series of posts, we are back in 1990s. Season 1999 was the last season for Stewart team before it turned into Jaguar in 2000. But it was also the first season for BAR (British American Racing), the former Tyrell. BAT (British American Tobacco) took full control of the team from 1999 season and planned to enter with two differently painted cars representing their different brands – one in Lucky Strike the other in 555 livery. They were not allowed to do so and so they came up with the infamous schizophrenic F1 car . The other funny livery is the Ferrari one from Belgium where Marlboro brand was replaced with Formula 1 logo … This was also the last year for red painted Williams (Winfield livery).
Hm, and I see at least 2 beer brands on those cars, that is I believe more than we could see on 2008 F1 cars.
We expect some big changes in the look of the Formula 1 cars in 2009 but as the season progresses the cars change even without new rules. Let’s have a look how the 2008 F1 cars looked in Melbourne and compare them with their look in Brazil:
Ferrari – Melbourne
David Coulthard’s Red Bull will sport a distinct white livery in the support of Wings for Life charity. This is not the first time Red Bull runs a special livery for charitable purpose. The difference between 2008 Brazilian GP and 2007 British GP however is that Red Bull will run the special livery also in the race and only on one car.
One team running each car with different livery is something normally not allowed in Formula 1. However the fact that this is David Coulthard’s last Formula 1 race and this time (unlike in BAR case back in 1999) it is not for commercial but for charitable purposes all the team agreed to allow Red Bull to have 2 very differently looking cars on the grid.
Check the gallery inside this post for more photos of te Wings for Life livery David Coulthard will run this weekend in Brazil.
It has been a while since the last post displaying the Formula 1 liveries of the past. The long running series returns here with the 2000 Formula 1 liveries. I almost forgot that Minardis were not always black and that Yahoo! logo used to be on F1 cars .
The shark fins spread like a virus. Only Williams and BMW Sauber haven’t tried them yet. McLaren are the only team who tested them but does not run them in the races. All the other seven Formula 1 teams are sporting this rather weird looking structure.
The shark fin fashion was brought to us by Red Bull Racing, probably courtesy of their design guru Adrian Newey. The aero benefits are not very clear. Some teams running the fin say it helps to clean up the air flow over the rear wing, some others say it helps the balance of the car, some say it does not bring as much benefit as some other not that visible updates. One thing most people agree on however is that the fin shaped engine cover provides nice advertising space. Let’s have a look at the fins and how the ad space is used by the teams (you can enlarge the photos by clicking on the thumbnail):
Williams – those blue or blue and white cars, at least that is how they have looked in these past few years. But it hasn’t been that long ago that Williams painted their cars red. They used red liveries for 2 years back in the nineties. Can you recall when was that ? What drivers drove for the teams in those 2 years ?
Here are few pictures that might help …
Rumour described as “strong” suggests that David Coulthard may announce his retirement from F1 during the upcoming British GP that may be his last home Formula 1 race. No one suggests that this would be his last race however. He made recently several remarks that would not any “retirement” annoucement from Coulthard shocking, including his speach after Canadian podium. It would also make some sense out of Vettel’s claim that he knows a little bit of the internal situation and is very confident about his future. I would however also not be suprised if we hear Coulthard coming out soon rubbishing all the retirement talks.
Last year Red Bull ran a special Faces for Charity livery at Silverstone, in 2005 again Red Bull had The Force with them and special Star Wars livery on their cars. This year we are about the see the Batmobile and special Batman livery on – suprise surprise – the usually most boring team with most boring livery – Toyota … Can’t wait to see that one .
Kimi Raikkonen will very likely make use of one penalty free unscheduled engine change ahead of 2008 British GP following the troubles he faced for half of the Magny Cours race 2 weekends back.
And Toro Rosso have been promised stability for 2009 by Dietrich Mateschitz, they should only expect uncertainty from 2010 onwards …
Back to the F1 liveries history – now with look back to season 2001. This was the last year for Benneton (entered next season as Renault) and Prost (went bankrupt before 2002). It also interesting to see how the Formula 1 sponsors have changed since 2001. Some moved from team to team (Vodafone, Red Bull, FedEx), some have disapeared (Tic-Tac, Orange, HSBC, MasterCard, Deutsche Post / DHL, Parmalat, Acer, Korean Air, Beck’s, Veltlins, and the tobacco …). Only 3 teams from 2001 line up are still on grid today – Ferrari, McLaren and Williams, although Williams have changed their engine suppliers since then (from BMW to Cosworth in 2006 and to Toyota in 2007). How will the grid look 7 years from now …
Ferrari (no tobacco)
Time for another part of F1liveries series – Season 2002 – the season that started with big bang. The season that should have had 12 teams on the grid after Toyota’s entry into F1. But Prost team disapeared just before the season start and the grid was back to 11 teams. Only 10 teams went on to finish the season – Arrows’ last race was Germany… So similar to 2008 … We should have had 12 teams this year (with Prodrive), but now we only have 10 (Super Aguri gone).
This was also the season when Renault completed their takeover of Benneton and Honda left Jordan to fully focus on BAR Honda project … Here is the look back at the 2002 Formula 1 liveries.
Williams / BMW
McLaren / Mercedes