2022 Liveries – The Verdicts

by Martin Blessing

On the dawn of a new-age of Formula 1 car, owing to new technical regulations, we take a look at the 2022 liveries that teams have decided to produce. Have teams taken the chance to start afresh for a new season? Or are some teams not really putting in the effort? Let’s find out.


Alfa Romeo – C42

An expected Alfa red and white scheme. Quite an interesting choice of font for the ‘Alfa Romeo’ insignia on the rear of the car. Quite an old-fashioned choice, but somehow works. The standout feature for me is the red and white wheel hubs. We all love standout wheel hubs or rims. 6/10.

Alfa Romeo C42
Alfa Romeo – C42

AlphaTauri – AT03

An invert of their colour scheme from last year, AlphaTauri have again failed to disappoint with their 2022 livery. The AT03 had little to do, to improve on it’s predecessor. The AlphaTauri logo emblazoned on the engine cover, is the signature piece for this years livery. Questionable orange from the “FlexBox” logo on the front wing endplates, ruins it slightly. 7/10.

AlphaTauri – AT03

Alpine – A522

The glaringly obvious design choice is the splash of pink, brought about by Alpine’s sponsorship with BWT. Moving from Aston Martin, BWT are always keen to ensure their signature pink is a prominent feature. I think it works quite well, with the steely-blue of Alpine. An eye-catching car. 7/10.

A522
Alpine – A522

Aston Martin – AMR22

The standout livery of all launches. Ditching the pink highlights, by way of disassociation from their partnership with BWT, the AMR22 now brings us much more harmonious lime green trim. The signature racing-green of the Aston Martin seems to have grown more vibrant also. 9/10.

Aston Martin – AMR22

Ferrari – F1-75

Opting for a darker red scheme, the F1-75 is still instantly recognisable as a Ferrari. The standout features for me, are the yellow trim on the tyre fins. They accent the red and black scheme, very subtlety, but so effectively. A welcome return to the Santander sponsorship also. 7/10.

Ferrari – F1-75

Haas – VF22

Not much change for Haas, from their VF21. In fact, other than the structural changes witnessed for all cars, I’m struggling to see any change to their livery whatsoever. Lack of changes aside, the livery is quite plain. Sticking with a white base colour, the VF22 offers large Haas signage on the sidepods and rear wing. 3/10.

Haas – VF22

McLaren – MCL36

Drawing inspiration from the much-loved ‘Gulf’ livery, used at Monaco in 2021, the MCL36 is a vibrant offering from McLaren. The papaya orange almost appears neon in nature, as does the DarkTrace blue. Large “Velo” sponsorship adorns the MCL36, but the airbox appears to be wanting for some form of sponsorship decal. 8/10.

McLaren – MCL36

Mercedes – W13

A return to the silver livery, after opting to run a black scheme for the past two years, the W13 is going back to its roots. The scattering of the Mercedes logo toward the rear of the car, looks a lot better on a silver background. The Petronas turquoise, seen on the front and rear wings, accents the car well also. However, the spots of red seem a bit too loud and don’t work well. 7/10.

Mercedes – W13

Red Bull – RB18

Not too much change from Red Bull this year, with a ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’ mentality. The main change (oddly shown after the initial launch) is the new lucrative sponsorship deal with cryptocurrency firm Bybit, as shown on the front and rear wings. Ending their engine partnership with Honda, sees Oracle take place as the new headline sponsor, emblazoned in large print on the side of the car. Will take some getting used to. 6/10.

Red Bull – RB18

Williams – FW44

An overhaul of a design scheme from Williams. This year sees a much darker blue scheme from the Oxfordshire-based team. The main takeaway from the FW44 is the lack of a headline sponsor. The tessellating shades of blue flow very nicely, albeit the red trim needs some justification. Seems to lack ‘wow’ factor. 6/10.

Williams – FW44

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