Renault could go retro with new livery

Renault put a 1977-style livery on its F1 car in 2007 - but never raced it

Renault put a 1977-style livery on its F1 car in 2007 - but never raced it

New rumours this week claim Renault is planning to redesign its cars’ liveries following the departure of title sponsor ING.

Renault has had one of the most unattractive cars in the pitlane since it introduced ING’s brand two years ago. Could we finally see a return to Renault’s smart liveries of the seventies and eighties?

The team recently revealed its new Formula Renault racing car in the company’s colours – which I think the current car would look great in:

2010 Formula Renault car - click to enlarge

2010 Formula Renault car - click to enlarge

Two years ago the team gave us a tantalising glimpse of what a modern F1 car would look like in an all-Renault livery:

Renault's 30th anniversary livery from 2007 (click to enlarge)

Renault's 30th anniversary livery from 2007 (click to enlarge)

To me, this is what Renault F1 cars shoud look like:

Jean-Pierre Jabouille in the original 1977 Renault F1 car (click to enlarge)

Jean-Pierre Jabouille in the original 1977 Renault F1 car (click to enlarge)

Rene Arnoux driving at Interlagos in 1980 (click to enlarge)

Rene Arnoux driving at Interlagos in 1980 (click to enlarge)

Alain Prost in action at Silverstone in 1983 (click to enlarge)

Alain Prost in action at Silverstone in 1983 (click to enlarge)

Patrick Tambay in 1985, the year Renault pulled out (click to enlarge)

Patrick Tambay in 1985, the year Renault pulled out (click to enlarge)

The new design on Fernando Alonso’s Renault cap at Japan last week may have been a nod towards the new look.

The Mild-Seven-blue-and-Renault-yellow clash they used in the early 2000s always looked like an awkward compromise to me, though it had its fans (and was, conveniently, the same colours as the flag of Alonso’s Oviedo homeland). The ING branding was even less successful.

With ING gone, there’s no longer a need for the cars to have the Dutch bank’s white and orange colours on its flanks. Will Renault make a quick change before the end of the year, or wait until 2010 to reveal a new look on the R30?

Read more: More pictures of the stunning retro Renault

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45 comments on Renault could go retro with new livery

  1. Lustigson said on 14th October 2009, 7:18

    Judging from Alonso’s cap, the cars would be all-black with yellow accents, and probably some red for Total. Which would be cool, since we haven’t had a predominantly black car since the early-2000′s Arrows.

    • David A said on 14th October 2009, 10:21

      And Minardis.

    • sato113 said on 14th October 2009, 15:12

      i think alot of cars dont choose black as a base colour because it makes the car even hotter than lighter coloured cars. (because black doesn’t reflect heat as well as white)

      • Loving the colours – but why does it look like Alonso’s cap was designed in 5 minutes… or thats how it looks to us who are designers.

  2. Sush Meerkat said on 14th October 2009, 7:32

    thats a gorgeous livery.

  3. Prisoner Monkeys said on 14th October 2009, 8:04

    They’re not going to, at least not this year. Renault engine cowlings have been sighted in Interlagos – after all, the cars went straight there from Suzuka – and they’re no different to what they were in Japan.

    I’d be hard-pressed to make a case for Renault to change their livery just for two races, much less two away races whenthey’re in the middle of an offshore stint. The cars would have to be flown back to England, stripped down and repainted. New decals would have to be produced and applied, and then the cars flown back to South America. It might be possible within two weeks, but here’s the catch: Renault already have a “Renault” livery. It already does everything that the special livery would do, so how can you justify the expense?

    I expect Renault will run something new in 2010, and I admit I would like to see them go back to their roots. For me, Formula One has beome a bit too corporate; the emphasis is wholly on the sponsors, and it kind of detrats from the race. That’s why I like Brawn so much: they’ve been able to forge a team identity, one where corporate backing plays its part, but doesn’t overshadow the fact that they are, first and foremost, a racing team.

    I think that if Renault want to fully distance themselves from the investigation and the fallout, they need to do this. They need to renvent themselves as a racing team, and then start thinking about sponsors. I personally think that he 30th Anniversay livery is ugly as sin; it might look half-decent standing still, but it would be a mess when in motion. There’s too much fine detail in those thin black bars, and for something so simple, it’s actually pretty busy. It’s at odds with itself.

    I think the 2010 Formula Renault design looks god, but is perhaps a little too Brawn-ish. It’s the use of graphite-silver that makes it, with the yellow kept to a minimum. I think a Formula One car would look more than just good like that, it’s look fantastic. I also like the RE60 design from 1985, except for the digital numbers. I’ve wanted to see a jet-black car for a long time.

    If it were down to me, I’d probably go with the Formula Renault livery. But in the place of the graphite, I’d run with a Honda-esque finely-detailed design that looked like raw carbon fibre, as if the car hadn’t been painted save for the gold and white sections. And then I’d go in a completely different direction with sponsors; rather than banks and financial groups, I’d follow the trend of telcom groups or oil and gas companies. With Renault signing Robert Kubica, I could see a renewed interest coming from Eastern Europe and the forer Soviet Bloc. Maybe MegaFon Renault, or Lukoil Renault? For some reason, I just want to see Russia invovled in Formula One …

  4. DGR-F1 said on 14th October 2009, 8:16

    I have a feeling we are all going to be disappointed with Brawn’s livery next year as they are bound to get a big sponsor and go ‘Corporate’ on us….
    However, I have to agree, the retro-Renault look is great, but I always liked the bright yellow of the turbos, when all the other teams were in blues and reds, they stood out a mile!

    • It’s practically all but announced that the Brawns will be silver next year, whether or not they keep the black and lime green is another thing.

      The McLarens were seen in their traditional orange during the 2006 pre-season testing, I can’t remember when was the last time they raced in this colour, as they raced for a very long time in Marlboro red and white followed by the various forms of silver/black/red/white of Mercedes/West/Vodafone…

      • mp4-19b said on 14th October 2009, 10:13

        That WEST mclaren was the best of the lot. they should revert to black & chrome.

        • Steph90 said on 14th October 2009, 13:02

          I preferred that on the Mclaren’s, what they have now is nice but that’s it, just nice, it doesn’t make me stop stunned and think ‘oh wow how stunning’.
          And Brawn’s livery hasn’t been that great. It’s blank with a bit of highlighter around it. Hardly shows what the artistic mind is capeable of

      • As far as I am aware the last two times McLaren have used the orange livery has been when they were changing their main livery. It was in testing between the 1996 and 1997 season when they changed from the Marlboro red and white, and between the 2005 and 2006 season when they changed from the West white/grey/black to the chrome livery.

  5. Tarzan said on 14th October 2009, 9:01

    At least we are sure Ferrari will be Red, and Red Bull will be purpleish.

    • What kind of red? Ferrari’s been using Marlboro red (very similar to 1981 – 1996 McLarens) during the Schumacher years, then recently changed to Rosso Scuderia (and Rosso Corsa in late 2007), both darker shades of red. Maybe they’ll change to Santander Red next year?

      Red Bull on the other hand is obssessed with making everything look like a can of product, just look at Vettel’s lid! :D

  6. ajokay said on 14th October 2009, 9:09

    That formula Renault car looks beautiful. Is it me, or are sidepods slowly seeming to become redundant? They’re definately shrinking.

    The only thing I don’t like about the Formula Renault livery is the graphite colour. It needs to be much darker, almost black. That would make the car look more agressive.

    Hopefully they’ll come up with a proper 80′s themed livery next year, with the traditional Renault yellow and black. The shade of yellow they use on that Megane Cup car at the roadshows is lovely, and I hope they use that shade.

    And I have to disagree with Prisoner Monkeys. I love the red digital LCD calculator style numbers on the front of the 1985 car. Maybe it’s just because I’m a 1985 child.

    Either way, black and yellow next season please Renault, and keep it simple.

    And McLaren… when you dump Mercedes, please revert to orange cars!

  7. That yellow and black looks fantastic!

  8. It will not happen this week — not even this year, I suspect — but I really love this new Formula Renault above.

    HERE, a pic of Interlagos garage and a preview of how this classic livery should look like in the R29.

    I think this car is so ugly that even this beautiful color scheme cant do anything about it…

  9. Ronman said on 14th October 2009, 9:55

    If they do change their livery, then i will probably forgive them for hiring Flavio in the first place… oops no i’d bee too generous then… but those colors would look nicer than what they had….

  10. Simon Roberts said on 14th October 2009, 10:02

    Talking of McLaren and yellow cars, who remembers the car Keke Rosberg drove in 1986 at Estoril? I began to think this was a corrupted memory on my part, but yes, I’ve just confirmed he did race a yellow version of Marlboro colours (something about the Marlboro Lights brand). I too would love to see McLaren race again in orange.

  11. looks good, change of pace

  12. Bartholomew said on 14th October 2009, 10:38

    I think the yellow, white and silver is ideal – much better than yellow, white and black

  13. Nitpicker said on 14th October 2009, 10:52

    Ah, the Yellow Teapot. So called due to its dumpy looks and whistling turbo :)

    • And the fact that early on the engine blew up with such frequency it looked like a teapot with the steam coming out!

    • GeeMac said on 15th October 2009, 9:54

      Leaf is right. They used to stick the fire extinguishers up the Renault’s exhaust when the engine was on fire. The steam that came out made it look like a teapot…

  14. Ned Flanders said on 14th October 2009, 11:44

    I don’t understand why everyone seems to like the white, black and yellow Renault livery- I don’t think it’s a great combination of colours.

    On the other hand, I reckon the yellow, red and orange of the 2009 livery works well. It gives the (otherwise ugly) car the appearance of a flame, and it’s nice and colouful.

    • ajokay said on 14th October 2009, 12:41

      Hi-dilly-ho Ned! Different strokes for different folks.

      The current Renault livery isn’t bad, but it breaks the main rule of having more than 3 colours. Only a handful of cars have managed to pull this off sucessfully, notably the late 80′s Benettons.

      I think if the current livery ditched the orange stripes, it would look better. It makes the livery too busy with all the horizontal bands all over the place.

    • Steph90 said on 14th October 2009, 13:44

      Ned agree with you (although I do actually like the shape of the car this year, esp the front :S).

  15. It looks like Jordan of 2005

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