The liveries of the 2018 F1

The liveries of the 2018 F1

Ferrari

The new Ferrari, named the SF-71H, was revealed with the car featuring many traits of its five-time-winning predecessor, but with some modern changes. The most obvious visual change is a return to a traditional all-red livery, with the new-for-2018 halo also painted in the colour too. However, closer inspection reveals plenty of significant changes to the chassis, with the car having both a longer wheelbase than its predecessor, as well as an even more aggressive sidepod design, a revised cooling system and updated aerodynamics.

Mercedes

The Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ is a clear evolution from last year’s W08. “Last year the car was fantastic, but there were so many things we could still improve on,” said Hamilton. “What we’ve done is taken a lot of the DNA from last year’s car – this is the sister car, an evolution of that.”

There are some key suspension changes that have been made, and like all teams Mercedes is expected to bring several more visible aerodynamic upgrades during testing.

“This is better than last year’s car in every aspect. It looks quite similar but inside, underneath the shell, and even the bodywork, it’s all refined to perform even better than it did last year.

McLaren

The MCL33 – the first car in McLaren’s 52-year history to be powered by Renault engines, following the team’s switch from Honda – adopts the papaya and blue colour scheme that the team’s founder Bruce McLaren first introduced to F1 50 years ago. “Much of the work on the MCL33 has been around optimising the packaging of the new Renault engine, and the incorporation of the new halo device,” the team confirmed.

Sauber

Sauber have unveiled their first car since teaming up with Alfa Romeo, with the team aiming for a much-improved 2018 season in the C37. Last year, with dated engines, Sauber managed just five points as they finished last in the constructors’ standings, but Technical Director Jorg Zander has much higher hopes for the new, heavily revised machine.

“It is great to finally reveal the C37 today,” he said. “The 2018 challenger is the result of the hard work that everyone in the factory has put in over the last few months.

“Speaking about the C37, the car philosophy is much different to that of the C36. The aerodynamic concept has changed significantly, and the C37 has several new features in comparison to its predecessor.

Red Bull

Red Bull has revealed the livery it will race in the 2018 Formula 1 season. “We launched the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14 last week in our special edition ‘Disruption’ livery, but the ‘DisruptoBull’ was always intended as a one-off,” said Red Bull.

“This will be our third season using the matte design – though the underlying scheme can be traced all the way back to 2005 and our rookie season in Formula 1 when the RB1 raced with a livery that has made its mark.

Renault

Developed jointly between Enstone, UK (chassis) and Viry-Chatillon, France (power unit), the R.S.18 is Renault’s third chassis since its return to Formula 1 as a full works’ entry in 2016. According to the team the car is a progression and refinement of the concepts developed during the 2017 season, including an improved suspension concept and greater aerodynamic downforce.

Speaking after images of the new car were revealed, Renault Sport Racing President Jérôme Stoll said: “Renault Sport Formula One Team’s ambition is clearly to uphold the outstanding record of the past and the 2017 season has confirmed we are on the right track. We are a team on the rise. We have two very talented drivers who are hungry for results. Enstone is regenerated and the workforce has already increased by more than 35%. Our investment has so far been successfully translated to the track as we rose from ninth to sixth in the Constructors’ Championship in 2017 and ended the year with the fourth fastest car.”

Haas

Haas was the first team to showcase how the 2018 F1 car would look like. The most obvious visible differences to the VF-18 are the addition of the halo cockpit safety device and the removal of the sharkfin engine cover and T-wing.

“The biggest part of the car’s evolution was the addition of the halo,” said Guenther Steiner, team principal. “It took quite a bit of study by the aerodynamicists, but the designers had to work hard to modify the chassis so the halo could survive the mandated loads.

“The total minimum weight of the car increased because of the halo, and there’s a higher centre of gravity simply because of the halo’s position. But, everyone is in the same boat.

Williams

The FW41 is the first Williams to be designed fully under the watch of technical chief Paddy Lowe since his return to the British team last year. With Williams adopting a new aero philosophy for the FW41, the Mercedes-powered machine looks significantly different to its predecessor, thanks not only to its obligatory halo cockpit protection device, but also the distinct fin running along the centre of its engine cover.

“It is very exciting to be giving everyone the first look at the FW41,” said technical chief Paddy Lowe. “The car has many new features, most of which are not all that obvious, but externally the team has pursued a very different aerodynamic concept which has allowed us some significant progress in aerodynamic performance.”

Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso officially unveiled its Honda-powered STR13 2018 Formula 1 car with a presentation in the Barcelona paddock ahead of the opening test on Monday morning. The car sports a similar livery to the one last year. It will be campaigned this season by two drivers who made their F1 debuts with the team in 2017 – Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley. The latter gave the Italian built machine its track debut during a very wet filming day in Misano last week, where it ran without issue.

Force India

An evolution of its predecessor, the Mercedes-powered VJM11 features tighter sidepods and an updated pink livery for 2018. As part of the launch, the lack of Force India branding on the team kit was notable as the team weighs up a potential name change. Force India has finished fourth in the constructors’ championship for the last two seasons.

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