Now that we have now nearly the entire Method One grid’s liveries launched (Ferrari might be releasing its livery on March 10, however I really feel pretty assured that it will likely be pink with perhaps slightly white and black, which is ok. It’ll find yourself someplace within the backside third of the checklist (I’m considering between McLaren and Pink Bull). I don’t count on an enormous change.) it’s time for one in every of my favourite traditions: livery rating.
Loads of groups introduced their A-game to the 2021 grid, largely as a result of we have now two groups with large rebrands and a few others with robust reevaluations of title sponsors. Sadly, that robotically places groups like Pink Bull and Ferrari on the again foot, as a result of their tried-and-true colours look slightly bland when in comparison with a number of the eye-catching new modifications.
And, but once more, I simply need to observe that the appears of a automotive don’t dictate its efficiency. There hasn’t been an enormous set of rule modifications heading into the 2021 season, so we’re prone to proceed seeing Mercedes dominance. The remainder of the grid is simply going to look loads prettier as tit competes for leftovers.
9. Pink Bull Racing RB16B
Drivers: Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez
There’s nothing thrilling, revolutionary, and even barely totally different right here. It’s a Pink Bull livery. It will get one level in my e book for being constant, the identical approach I’ll award that time to Ferrari, however RBR’s livery doesn’t even get pleasure from being a enjoyable shiny colour.
eight. McLaren MCL35M
Drivers: Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo
I actually beloved McLaren going again to its heritage and portray its vehicles papaya orange. I simply don’t benefit from the blue-and-papaya combo—particularly for the reason that blue is loads much less royal this yr. Structurally, this livery is pretty sound. The blue bits are well-placed and successfully streamlined. However I do give the group credit score for sticking to shiny colours, which is one thing F1 wants.
7. AlphaTauri AT02
Drivers: Pierre Gasly, Yuki Tsunoda
I maintain wanting on the AlphaTauri livery and being like, “I hate it.” Then I stare slightly longer and resolve, “Nicely, no, I really type of prefer it?” The navy-and-white combo works, nevertheless it’s not tremendous eye-catching. The location of the blue on the motive force cockpit main again to the nostril makes the automotive look tremendous thick. However I just like the bull, the brilliant pink Honda splash, and the truth that it’s type of dramatic. I’m torn. How am I purported to really feel about you, AlphaTauri?
6. Mercedes W12
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas
Some individuals have been actually vital of Mercedes’ 2021 challenger, however I’ll be sincere: I really prefer it. It’s dramatic with slightly little bit of enjoyable aptitude to it. I really like the fade to grey on the rear, and the repeated AMG logos really work for me. It loses factors as a result of the black bits are a ache in photographs, nevertheless it good points slightly extra sway with the sprint of pink in honor of Niki Lauda, the teal Petronas stripe, and the quantity placement on the white fin.
5. Alfa Romeo C41
Drivers: Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi
I actually preferred Alfa Romeo’s livery final yr, and I actually prefer it once more this yr. No, it isn’t massively totally different when in comparison with final yr, however I’ve ranked it right here for a couple of causes. The red-and-white combo works, the black resulting in the underside of the automotive makes it look smooth as hell, and there are little touches (the Alfa dragon, the striped rear wing endplates, the skinny black stripes down the nostril, and the pink halo) which are easy however efficient.
four. Williams FW43
Drivers: George Russell, Nicholas Latifi
It’s time for a controversial opinion: Williams’ livery this yr slaps. You’re actually going to look me within the face and say some bare-ass, all-white-with-some-specks-of-color livery was higher than this? Williams has no sponsors! They’re absolutely sending it with their livery! It’s an outdated VHS sleeve slapped on a race automotive! It’s thrilling and bizarre and enjoyable and I can’t wait to see it on the observe! It has stripes! It has waves! It has some orange thrown in there to kick this occasion up a notch! Hell yeah, Williams—stay your greatest life!
three. Haas VF-21
Drivers: Nikita Mazepin, Mick Schumacher
Haas’s pink, white, and blue 2021 livery isn’t a nod to its purported American roots however is as an alternative reflective of Uralkali, its Russian sponsor that’s owned by driver Nikita Mazepin’s dad… despite the fact that Haas claims that it selected this livery final yr, earlier than it knew Mazepin could be their driver, which suggests it can not have presumably created it with the Russian flag in thoughts, which is sweet as a result of Russian flags usually are not allowed in F1. No matter. Now will not be the time for politics (and that is the one time you’ll ever hear me say that). The black accents distinction superbly with the predominantly white physique, the coloured stripes simply look good, the large pink ‘Haas’ on the facet is outstanding, and the motive force quantity enclosed in a white circle is nice. It’s type of modular, however I’ve a sense the one cause this livery works in addition to it does is as a result of it has, like, two entire sponsors.
2. Aston Martin AMR21
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll
Inexperienced has historically been a type of superstitious bad-luck colours in motorsport, however Aston Martin has completed a gorgeous factor by hearkening again to its British racing inexperienced roots. There’s an nearly satiny end to this automotive that makes me need to contact it, and it’s a colour that we simply haven’t seen on an F1 automotive in ages. The pink accents down the physique and throughout the tip of the entrance wing simply give it slightly additional “oomph.” It’s easy, nevertheless it’s going to catch your eye.
1. Alpine A521
Drivers: Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon
I do know, I do know—loads of individuals are saying Aston Martin has the most effective livery of 2021, however Alpine takes the cake for me. The physique is generally blue, and it additionally has that satiny end Aston does. However the pink and white touches are what actually throw this excessive for me. Diagonal strains all the time signify velocity, and the addition of the large ‘A’ simply earlier than the rear tires is so nice. I’m additionally digging the way in which black was used to carve out a shapely determine. It’s a gorgeous automotive that solely narrowly ekes out a primary place. I can’t wait to see it and the Aston on observe collectively.