Now that the final car of 2014 has been revealed in the form of a Martini liveried Williams, the team at JA on F1 have compiled a list of their top five best looking cars and the reasons for choosing. Have a look through and post your thoughts below giving your own top five.
And it is with Thursday’s announcement of Martini’s return to Formula One that we begin. The FW36 ran through pre-season testing under a plain blue colour scheme as the highly expected Martini deal, inked months ago, was scheduled to be announced in the following week.
It was worth waiting for. The three writers of this site agreed unanimously that it is holds the best livery on the 2014 grid with its striking bright white highlighted by the red and blue stripes running the length of the car. We would, however, like to have seen Martini throw in that extra few million euros to have their brand across the side-pods.
Here is the JA on F1 team’s top five:
1. Williams It is a joy to see Martini back in Formula One and gives the slightly more mature fan a great sense of nostalgia. Iconic as the scheme is, it will also be very visible on the circuit stand out under flood lights and we’re looking forward to seeing it at speed around Albert Park in less than a week.
2. McLaren You only have to look at photos from Bahrain to see how good it looks. The light there is terrific for photography and the McLaren looks great in it. The only concern is the lack of a title sponsor, though Ron Dennis has suggested something is in the pipeline and has said he is optimistic that a long term partner will be signed a few months into the season, from the companies that he is talking to.
3. Ferrari Every Winter, when the latest cars are released we know exactly what we are to get from Ferrari. However, its iconic and individual red is so vibrant and deep that no one dare imitate it. Seeing this car in this flesh will give any motor sport fan a special feeling.
4. Red Bull Up until last year the use of stock Red Bull colours looked dated and lacked the artistic flair that other teams had undertaken. However, the introduction of the purple tint to the World Champions latest two editions makes it look spectacular in both day and night.
5. Force IndiaThe VJM07 has that look of stealth and aggression but the splash of orange and green maintain the flair and vibrancy of the Indian national colours.
The Lotus was also a contender with its iconic black and gold colour scheme, but these were our top five.
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