Renault could go retro with new livery

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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