They say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and there are times where F1 teams have come up with stunning looking liveries. But, there are a few occasions where they have got it horribly wrong and the cars are an eyesore.
So what are the most ugly-looking F1 liveries?
1997 Lola t97/30
This seemed to be a case of random colours splashed on the car haphazardly. Compared to all its rivals, the Lola just couldn’t quite cut it aesthetically.
To make matters worse for them, the car was also very slow. In fact, they were so slow that the team lasted just two races, thus getting rid of the eyesore early on.
1985 Arrows A8
When one thinks of Arrows, they instantly think about the iconic orange and black livery. However, in 1985, the team actually unveiled and raced in a beige livery. The DeLonghi sponsorship does nothing to mask how atrocious it looked.
Thierry Boutsen and Gerhard Berger had the unfortunate luck of driving the car. Regardless of how unappealing it looked, it was fairly competitive. Boutsen even managed to score second place at the San Marino GP.
1992 Brabham BT60B
Top tip for the day, Never…ever… blend hot pink and blue together. The end result will be ghastly. Unfortunately, this Brabham was the same car that gave Damon Hill his F1 debut. Luckily, this was their last ever F1 car, and they certainly bowed out in a memorable fashion.
1979 Shadow DN9
The Shadow team decided to get experimental with their livery and this was the end result. They emblazoned a picture of a lion with a flaming mane to the front of the car. On paper, the concept sounds good but the execution was shoddy. The final product looked like something that would be better off as a tattoo.
1998 Williams FW20
This car was an utter deviation from the cool-looking Rothmans livery of the previous years. Even Frank Williams himself confessed that he hated it. A red Williams was relatively unheard off at the time.
Sir Frank himself said he would no longer paint his cars red after its migraine inducing tones raced around the world for for two years.
1979 Team Rebaque Lotus 79
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Lotus 79 is the iconic black and gold JPS livery. However, Mexican driver Hector Rebaque elected to paint his car brown! Throw in some gold accents and the car was complete, by Rebaque’s standards
1999 BAR 01
If you are looking for a team with a severe case of indecision, look no further than the 1999 BAR team. The basic premise was that BAR wanted to promote their two tobacco brands with two different liveries. This went against FIA rules who said that both cars had to look the same. But instead, BAR opted to compromise and merge the two together.
1976 Hesketh 308D
One honestly had to ask, what on earth possessed the Hesketh team to come up with this abomination? It did not seem like a livery that any self-respecting team would c=emblazon on their car.
But here’s the kicker, driver, Guy Edwards originally wanted that woman to be completely naked! Whatever the case, in the modern era, this kind of stunt would certainly not be appreciated in public.
2007 Honda RA107
The message they were trying to communicate was good and worthy; we should all be aware of our environment and how we can protect it. But the delivery was so poor that nobody realised.
On top of that, the car was supremely slow that during one race, a visibly upset Rubens Barrichello said, “Even the Super Aguris are overtaking us!”. The sheepish reply was “We feel your pain Rubens, we feel your pain.”