Some of the Formula 1 2022 liveries are superb, representing their teams to a tee. Others… not so much. Overall, it’s a pretty good bunch, but there are a couple of dissapointments. Lets take a look, now that all the cars have seen a few races.
It’s nice to see this Italian constructor mix it up, seeing as they maintained what was essentially the same livery from 2018-2020. In 2021, the team did an exceptional job with the design and while not as good, the 2022 livery still impresses me. The livery is solid one, with a nice shade of red covering the majority of the car. Elsewhere there is a white section in the middle that prevents a blandness that you’ll find with a couple of the liveries this season.
White is used for sponsors on red backgrounds and vice versa, showing how a minimal design in terms of colours used can work. My main complaint is the Orlen sponsor being a different shade of red to that covering the car. From certain angles the transition from red to white can look a little awkward. Otherwise, it’s a good addition to the grid.
Navy blue and white combine yet again to form this years’ AlphaTauri livery. From some angles the car is lovely. From the side for example, we can see a good balance of the two colours. A front view is also great because the rear wing is designed well and the halo blends into the livery effectively. I also like the differing fonts for Alpha and Tauri, something that differentiates the logo for the better.
Unfortunately, the AlphaTauri image logo appears slanted on the sides but it’s quite minor. However, my big issue with the livery is its top-down view because it looks bland. No sponsors or variety in colour, especially since the navy blue is not massively vibrant. You will not see the car from a top-down view often so it’s easy to brush over. But just a little bit more colour could have put the AlphaTauri livery near the top. Also its one of the harder cars to find on the grid because it doesn’t stand out as much as others.
I am not a big fan of this livery. In all fairness, combining blue and pink is a tough task, especially considering the limited time to make this happen, and – in all fairness – I was expecting worse. See, BWT is the main sponsor for the Alpine car, with a deal being agreed less than two weeks before the livery reveal. Even so, this feels quite rough. BWT are gaining a reputation for ruining liveries.
From the side, awkward is the best word to describe Alpine’s 2022 car. I think the pink and BWT logo under the Alpine blue could grow on me. For now, it’s still weird to see. That red block for the MAPFRE logo looks out of place, as does the Castrol logo. Additionally, I can live with the front wing but the rear wing fails to feel like part of the car.
From the front it looks okay and I like the shade of blue a lot. While I appreciate the attempt at something new, small tweaks to the livery last year would have been more than enough to catch my eye, for the right reasons. At least its memorable and easy to spot.
Alpine (Bahrain and Saudi Arabia)
By no means is this the worst pink livery I’ve seen in F1; the 2019 Racing Point livery was horrible. While I think it looks strange from the sides (similar to the main Alpine livery), at all other angles I like it.
The blend from pink to the Alpine blue does not work, at all. Thus, its awkward placement brings this livery down. From other angles the almost fully pink livery is not too bad. It appears bland due to a lack of colour with any sponsor that is not BWT or MAPFRE, but it’s not offensive from most views. We have seen bad pink liveries in the past, but fortunately this is not at the bottom of that small group.