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#1 FirstnameLastname

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 18:17

Almost time for the cars to hit the test track, and more than ever there might be scope for special liveries to dazzle and hide the intricacies of the new 2022 cars.

What are the best testing only (or never raced) F1 liveries?

I liked this BAR effort… and the BMW Williams test livery

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#2 ARTGP

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 18:27

Red Bull 2015 pre-season:

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#3 ARTGP

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 18:30

Alfa Romeo 2020 preseason

 

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#4 Beri

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 18:31

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#5 Anja

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 18:32

Red Bull 2015 pre-season:

 

That's the clear winner for me as well, without any doubt. 



#6 juicy sushi

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 18:33

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#7 ARTGP

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 18:33

Renault 2020 testing livery. Dog of a car but pleasing to look at. 

 

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#8 FirstnameLastname

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 18:41

Redbull have done a few of the ‘distraction’ style liveries based on warship paint jobs?

#9 PayasYouRace

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 18:49

I like the cases where a last minute sponsorship change or forces a livery change.

 

I liked Williams' intended Rokit livery for 2020 before Rokit didn't pay up and they parted ways.

 

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I also liked the Jordan 196, pre Benson & Hedges.

 

 

 

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Here's one that caught my eye a while ago. Williams FW11 at Rio testing in 1986, with a white nose, giving the car a very different look before they changed it to the more familar livery.

 

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#10 Ali623

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 19:10

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#11 Beri

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 19:22

The best (testing) livery of the last decades:
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Posted 23 January 2022 - 19:25

When Redbull first bought Jaguar, I remember thinking it was a total slam-dunk that all their F1 cars would have this livery…

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#13 FirstnameLastname

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 19:29

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 11:01

Hardly the best, but I always found this Renault test livery of 2002 strikingly similar to the ill-faited Dome effort only 6 years earlier.

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Dome:

 

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#15 TheJag

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 11:03

Anything Red Bull. Those testing liveries are always super awesome. 



#16 IrvTheSwerve

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 11:05

Almost time for the cars to hit the test track, and more than ever there might be scope for special liveries to dazzle and hide the intricacies of the new 2022 cars.

What are the best testing only (or never raced) F1 liveries?

I liked this BAR effort… and the BMW Williams test livery

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That would have been brilliant if they’d made ‘ickle Ant have a tiny body.



#17 IrvTheSwerve

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 11:06

Redbull have done a few of the ‘distraction’ style liveries based on warship paint jobs?

‘Razzle Dazzle’.  :smoking:



#18 Rediscoveryx

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 11:13

 

Here's one that caught my eye a while ago. Williams FW11 at Rio testing in 1986, with a white nose, giving the car a very different look before they changed it to the more familar livery.

 

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Good find.

 

Not a strictly livery-related question, but I remember an old Williams documentary, where there was video footage of Nelson Piquet driving the 1985 Williams during the 85/86 winter. Does anyone have a picture of that? I can't recall ever seeing one.


Edited by Rediscoveryx, 24 January 2022 - 11:14.


#19 Francesc

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 11:30

As mentioned on the opening post, the BMW Williams test livery

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#20 Beri

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 11:41

I kinda hope Ferrari will show up during winter testing with a livery like this again and pleasantly surprise us by revealing their true colors during the first race weekend. True colors being proper red and not Marlboro red. Which was exactly the reason why this livery was introduced in 1997 in the first place, to lead the transition from the proper red, last used in 1996, to the Marlboro red that would be used from 1997 onwards.
 
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Posted 24 January 2022 - 11:42

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Bridgestone-Ligier

 

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#22 Alburaq

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 13:31

Renault 2020 testing livery. Dog of a car but pleasing to look at. 

 

Dog of a car?  :eek:  a car that fought for P3, got 3 podiums, was 3rd/4th fastest car in several tacks (with a two years old chassis and engine)? 

 

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#23 midgrid

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 14:58

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 15:12

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Loved the black/orange arrows liveries

#25 Alburaq

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 16:01

Loved the black/orange arrows liveries

 

That's Super Aguri test livery.



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Posted 24 January 2022 - 16:05

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Bridgestone-Ligier

 

Remind me what Damon Hill was doing driving a Ligier!



#27 PayasYouRace

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 16:10

That's Super Aguri test livery.

Super Aguri did use the A23 as the basis of their first car, but that’s definitely Frentzen testing for Arrows in 2002.

#28 PayasYouRace

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 16:13

Remind me what Damon Hill was doing driving a Ligier!


He was part of the Bridgestone test programme. The Ligier and the Arrows were the cars obtained for that purpose.

I’m sure Damon enjoyed the irony of getting to drive Michael’s championship winning Benetton, which is what the JS41 effectively was.

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 16:21

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#30 midgrid

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 16:21

Funnily enough, Schumacher drove the previous-model Ligier JS39B a couple of years earlier in order to sample the Renault engine that Benetton had obtained for the 1995 season.

#31 Beri

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 17:14

He was part of the Bridgestone test programme. The Ligier and the Arrows were the cars obtained for that purpose.
I’m sure Damon enjoyed the irony of getting to drive Michael’s championship winning Benetton, which is what the JS41 effectively was.


Now that is stretching it a bit far, isn't it? A striking resemblance, yes. But the way you try to sell it, is just a tad too much. No one will deny the fact that Briatore haggled the Renault engines in the Benetton instead of them being in the back of the Ligier. This in exchange for free Mugens for Ligier and a shared knowledge on chassis design with Benetton for 1995.
But it was by far a proper copy of the Benetton B195. Even further than the Racing Pont RP20 was compared to the Mercedes W10.

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 17:23

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 17:26

What about that time McLaren tested in all-white??

 

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#34 Beri

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 17:27

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It's eternally a shame that this livery never made it on the racing cars. The actual livery is iconic. But this one was better imo.

#35 pacificquay

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 17:38

What about that time McLaren tested in all-white??

 

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The Lamborghini engine test



#36 LucaP

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 19:13

It's eternally a shame that this livery never made it on the racing cars. The actual livery is iconic. But this one was better imo.


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It's a cross between a Pacific and a Forsythe car

#37 TecnoRacing

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 19:44

Good find.

 

Not a strictly livery-related question, but I remember an old Williams documentary, where there was video footage of Nelson Piquet driving the 1985 Williams during the 85/86 winter. Does anyone have a picture of that? I can't recall ever seeing one.

Piquet testing the FW10 at Paul Ricard in December of '85  :wave:
 

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 19:55

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I remember the original test Force India livery well - I think the ITV F1 guide for the 2008 season had a photograph of it on the team page. I was a bit disappointed when they revealed the final livery, as I think this colour scheme with the darker shade of red was a lot more striking than the livery they actually used.



#39 Rediscoveryx

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Posted 24 January 2022 - 22:19

Piquet testing the FW10 at Paul Ricard in December of '85 :wave:

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Now you impressed me. Cheers! :)

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Posted 24 July 2022 - 11:35

What about the green-liveried Jordan 192?

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Posted 03 October 2022 - 22:05

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The 2014 Williams before the Martini livery was revealed.