The livery of the Formula one car.

Formula one is an incredibly popular spectator sport with millions of people watching the races each year. The pit crews work hard to keep the cars running smoothly for the races and the entire season. Much like a Gloucester MOT Centre who offer Gloucester MOT services to keep your standard domestic car running smoothly.

The colour scheme of the car doesn’t play a part in its speed or technical capabilities but even so, image is everything and if the designers get it right then a car is certainly thought of more fondly. What makes a cool colour scheme on a Formula one car? Let’s have a look at some examples from the sports many years.

In many cases the sponsors dictate what the livery is. However, there is one exception to this and that’s Ferrari. Fuelling the myth that “red one’s go faster” Ferrari prove this by being the most successful team in the sport. Whether it is the 1950’s originals or the 87/88 version that the likes of Alberto or Nigel Mansell would have wrestled around the track, to Schumacher’s dominance and the current make for 2019 are all, primarily, red in colour.

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McLaren’s period with Honda saw the famous Prost/Senna battle but it was made more pronounced as the two sparred their way in the Red and White distinctive colour scheme. The colours were a reference to a Marlboro cigarettes packet when advertising cigarettes was allowed. Another example is the Lotus John Player special; a black and gold masterpiece. Like the McLaren design this was little more than just a cigarette pack, except on wheels. These two cars are iconic examples but not all the cigarettes sponsor examples are considered classics. For example, the Benetton Camel and Benson and Hedges Jordan cars were not as appreciated, even when team boss Eddie Jordan said that the B and H logo on the side of the car stood for the “Buzzin Hornets”.

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The most interesting livery examples is that of the Hesketh team. Owned by Lord Hesketh he said he’d be “damned if he’d have any dirty sponsorship on his car.” The car itself was white with a set of Red and Blue stripes (for Britain) and the good Lords name emblazoned on the back spoiler. He had to bow to financial pressure and in 1976 accepted the sponsorship of Rizla cigarette papers and the adult magazine Penthouse. This would pose an issue for the TV coverage as a bare breasted blonde was painted on the front; luckily, they added a Rizla packet to cover her modesty!

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