Top 5 Ugliest Liveries In Formula One History
At the time of writing - it is the 1st of February, which means we're in Formula One car launch season. For every well designed and aesthetically pleasing livery on a team's latest challenger, there's bound to be a few that stand out for the wrong reasons. So with all of that in mind, here are the five ugliest liveries in Formula One history...
5) ONYX ORE-1 (1989)
At first glance, there seems to be absolutely nothing wrong with the Onyx ORE-1. But once you start to analyse the livery, a few elements stand out for their gut wrenching presence. First off, the colour scheme is an eyesore - navy blue and light pink don't go well together. The Moneytron logo is styled in the most basic font possible, and the Marlboro logo is shoehorned onto the livery as a half-arsed attempt to generate advertising revenue. Thank god this car was at the back of the grid most of the time...
4) RENAULT R29 (2009)
Having kept the same livery for two years - Renault made the rather ridiculous move of ditching the smart dark blue lines and replacing them with a white, yellow, orange and red piece that wouldn't look bad - if it hadn't of been for the way the colours were redundantly mixed with each other. The orange was only there to satisfy the then title sponsor ING, who themselves buggered off halfway through the season after the whole "Crashgate" debacle - leaving Renault to fill the gaps with their plain company logo, which was even more of a redundant move...
3) MINARDI M02 (2000)
If Minardi wanted to stand out in the 2000 season, then they clearly didn't get the memo about making their car any good - and decided that the way to stand out was to make their livery electric yellow (which is bad enough itself), and then added these weird navy blue and white swishes all over - which made the livery look horrendous. To further compound this visual shitshow, the majority of the sponsors logos being crammed onto the sides and nose of the car looked unprofessional and majorly rushed. Even looking at this car gives a headache - but is only at number three because I happened to like Minardi when they were in F1, and they deserved better than this ugly paintjob.
2) BRITISH AMERICAN RACING (BAR) 001 (1999)
Before the BAR 001 even hit the track, it was causing controversy. At their team launch, the cars of Jacques Villeneuve and Ricardo Zonta were painted in two separate liveries - with Villeneuve's car sporting a white & red Lucky Strike livery, and Zonta's car having a blue & yellow 555 livery. The FIA deemed this act to be a breach of their sporting regulations, and ordered BAR to have one livery for both cars. But in possibly the most childish middle finger ever shown to the governing body, BAR decided to go half & half with the existing liveries - with a yellow zip down the middle. Could they not decide on what cigarette brand they wanted to advertise to children? Absolutely pathetic.
1) HONDA RA107 (2007)
Who actually thought that this was a good idea? Having an imposed image of Planet Earth on a Formula One car with the bare minimum of sponsorship, team logos and car numbers is strange enough, but to then use said livery to promote a corporate message of looking after our planet and taking care of the environment - while funding and fielding a 215mph, 2.4 litre V8 gas guzzling engined Formula One car is a huge contradiction to Honda's "Earth Dreams" campaign. This car is a monstrosity, and deserves to be recognised as having the single ugliest livery in the history of Formula One.