Formula 1 cars have undergone what could be described as a complete visual transformation in 2022 compared to their predecessors of a year ago.
Despite some fears that the major regulation changes for this year could result in all ten teams producing largely similar designs, this season’s cars have so far proven to be arguably the most varied in many years.
With Alfa Romeo finally unveiling their livery for their C42 to complete the entire field of ten cars that will contest this brave new vision of Formula 1, we now have a full picture of how this new generation of cars will look for its first season. But which of the ten challengers for 2022 is the most visually appealing?
Red Bull RB18
While Red Bull’s livery remains largely consistent as ever, the most notable change is arguably the most important – that being the large red number one on world champion Max Verstappen’s RB18.
Adopting an aggressive design with the car’s sidepods, new title sponsor Oracle takes pride of place along the side of the car, with the front wing carrying the logo of new cryptocurrency platform sponsor Bybit.
Mercedes swapped their traditional silver colours for a predominately black livery over the last two seasons in a show of support for people of colour and under-represented backgrounds in their team and in wider Formula 1.
This season, they have returned to a silver livery, incorporating red accents on their design. The W13 also features one of the more aggressively sculpted front wings of the ten teams this season.
Ferrari have taken inspiration from their cars from the late 1980s and early 1990s by adopting and all black front and rear wing design on the F1-75.
The team also sport a uniquely moulded sidepod design that concaves dramatically along the side of the car.
Following positive feedback from their one-off Gulf livery design from last year’s Monaco Grand Prix, McLaren have adopted a heavy dose of light blue with their traditional orange livery for the 2022 season – a design shared among all of the team’s motorsport programmes this year.
Last year’s Alpine A521 was RaceFans readers’ favourite looking car of the 2021 season – by some margin.
This year, the deep blue of the French tricolore has been accompanied by the striking pink of the team’s new title sponsors BWT. The car also has noticeably bulging sidepods and a comparatively slim front wing.
However the car won’t race in this livery until the third event of the season in Australia. For the first two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia the car will run in a special pink livery for its new sponsor.
AlphaTauri’s white and very dark blue two-tone colour scheme has been popular with fans since the team rebranded from Toro Rosso for the 2020 season.
The dark blue is more prominent this year than previous seasons, while the car also has rectangular air intakes and wide ‘U’ shaped front wing elements.
Aston Martin AMR22
As the first genuine 2022 car to be unveiled, Aston Martin’s AMR22 made quite a first impression when it was revealed.
Racing Point’s rebranding as Aston Martin saw British Racing Green return to the Formula 1 grid for the first time since the days of Jaguar. This year, the move of BWT to Alpine means the pink accents have completely gone for this year, while the team have opted for a wider, flatter nose than some of their rivals.
Over a year after Williams were taken over by Dorilton, 2022 is marking the start of a new era for the team with a somewhat refreshed identity.
Incorporating a deep blue colour scheme on the car’s livery, perhaps the most obvious design feature of the car is its rounded nose. A small but significant change is the disappearance of the Senna ‘S’ the team has carried since 1995.
Alfa Romeo C42
Alfa Romeo waited until after the first test session of the pre-season to formally reveal the colours that the C42 would race in for 2022.
Unsurprisingly similar to the team’s previous liveries since rejoining the grid as an official team, this year’s Alfa Romeo features much greater use of red – likely a nod to the Chinese background of new rookie Guanyu Zhou.
Haas became the first team to show off their 2022 car in any guise, revealing what they described as an “early iteration” of the VF-22.
Featuring the same colour scheme inspired by the colours of the Russian flag, the car perhaps bared the closest resemblance to its predecessor than any other car on the grid.
However, following Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, Haas stripped their car of any branding of title sponsors Uralkali and the colours of the Russian flag throughout its design. With heavy sanctions placed on the Russian Federation by the international community, it remains highly likely that the team will begin the season without Uralkali branding or Russian flag colours on the car.
Which F1 team has the best looking car for the 2022 season?
- Red Bull (1%)
- Mercedes (3%)
- Ferrari (43%)
- McLaren (15%)
- Alpine (3%)
- AlphaTauri (4%)
- Aston Martin (13%)
- Williams (10%)
- Alfa Romeo (9%)
- Haas (0%)
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NB: The 2020 poll was conducted before Mercedes and Williams changed their liveries.
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