The 2022 F1 season is almost upon us and with it it brings the biggest redesign of the car regulations for the sport. The most obvious difference between this years car and prior iterations is the switch to 18in wheels vs the previous 13in tires. The wings, weight, & floor design are also among areas that have been completely redesigned.
With these new regulations in mind, teams spent last season redesigning their cars from the ground up. Some teams, most notably Haas, actually put more effort into the designing the 2022 car than they did working on the 2021 model (and the standings definitely reflected that.) But as we are now only a couple weeks away from the start of the new season (and a new season of Drive To Survive), all the teams have revealed their new cars. So let’s rank them on nothing other than appearance shall we?
No. 10: AlphaTauri
I’m gonna say it, this car looks like what would happen if an energy drink company made a “premium clothing line.” What’s that? Red Bull did do that? And that’s what AlphaTauri is? Oh. Cool cool cool.
In all honesty, it’s not a bad looking car. I actually think the monochromatic scene does the team well. But you cannot plaster your car with the phrase “Fashion Meets Function” and then have it look so… blah.
No. 9: HAAS
This might be the only time this season Haas doesn’t come in last. And if you were to just look at the photo above, you might wonder how on earth it’s ranked above the AlphaTauri. It’s because that’s not the way the car originally looked when it was revealed and I am proud of Haas for taking the action they did during testing.
For those who don’t know what I’m referring to, the principle sponsor of Haas the past couple seasons has been Uralkali, a Russian fertilizer company. As such, their logo, and the white, blue, and red of the Russian flag, have adorned the Haas livery. With the terrible invading of Ukraine by Russia, Haas quickly made the move to strip all Uralkali branding from their car on the second day of testing. Now they need to remove Nikita Mazepin, who’s father is a Russian oligarch, from one of their two driver seats.
No. 8: Alfa Romeo
This livery would be near the top if not for one thing: the oversized script Alfa Romeo logo on the engine cover. Other than that, this car is great. The Italian flag on the back of the rear wing, the wheel covers, and front wing are all *chef’s kiss*. But that engine cover looks like the old Virgin Mobile logo and that’s not a good thing at all.
No. 7 Aston Martin
I love the color British Racing Green. I love Aston Martins. I should in theory love this car. But the color seems off to me. And the neon accent don’t work. The design of the side pods clashes with the rest of the cars lines. And the wing seems to betray the livery all together.
No. 6 Red Bull
Honestly, I should rank this lower just for the crap quality of these promo photos. Would a light kill you, Red Bull? Somehow, this completely redesigned car looks almost indistinguishable from the previous Red Bull liveries. And I hate that Max Verstappen is using the Number 1 for this season. Absolutely hate it.
No. 5 Williams
I didn’t really know what to make of the Williams car this year. But then I saw footage of it on the track in testing. This car is pretty. The Williams livery might do the best at showing off the new lines of the 2022 cars. I wish they had done something more with the wheel covers, but this looks like a proper racing machine. Let’s hope it actually performs like one…
No. 4 McLaren
This. Car. Is. Gorgeous. BUT… it needs more of that Gulf Blue and slightly less Papaya. Maybe I was just spoiled by the special Monoco livery the McLaren team did in 2021 that was a pure Gulf Oil design, because this car still pops. It will look incredible on tv sets. And this is easily one of the top 2 wheel cover designs of the season.
No. 3 Alpine
Probably my most controversial ranking, this livery seems to be love it or hate it. Most of the detractors will say the pink and red clash, but at speed the red won’t be noticeable. Plus, there’s alway red on the car if it’s running softs, and that never stopped the old Racing India car from looking amazing all decked out in pink. Honestly, the only way this car could look better is if it had more pink in it. Which is exactly what Alpine is doing for the first two races. Look at this thing:
No. 2 Mercedes
I was honestly nervous of a return to the silver after the stunning black livery from last season. But you can’t really be the “Silver Arrows” in an all black car. And they nailed this car. The way the green lines are in all the right places. The fantastic use of the AMG logo in the wheel covers. The red wheel guards (the things that look like eyebrows). But the piece de resistance is the repeating Mercedes logo on the engine cover that makes it look like carbon fiber. This car just looks fast standing still. Just wait until rightful champion Lewis Hamilton is driving it…
No. 1 Ferrari
It’s a predominately Rosso corsa livery on a Ferrari F1 car. With black accents in all the right places. And no stupid Green arrow looking thing on the engine cover like last season. It’s impossible to get it wrong when those are the ingredients. Fun fact: it’s named the F1-75 because it marks the 75th Anniversary of the first Ferrari production car.
The start of the new season cannot come too enough.
- / 1 year ago
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