Mercedes have returned to their black outfit, albeit in a weight saving capacity, but nonetheless this has easily been my favourite livery of the final five. The Brackley based team have ditched their traditional silver and have reinstated their iconic black colour way that we saw at their peak. In my opinion the 2023 car is much cleaner and sleeker than the W13 and I think that this darker, ominous car suits the team much more than the classic silver. There is no telling whether Mercedes will be able to catch up to Redbull this year and, despite the W14 mirroring the W12, if the car is also able to match the pace of the W12 we may be in for a thrilling season this year with a fight at the top.
This livery did not come as a surprise to anyone and was probably to most predictable of the 10 cars, however it just has that classic Ferrari appeal. For the most part I love this car and wouldn’t change much, the slightly brighter red makes it stand out a bit more and it looks incredible on track. The Ceva sponsor on the sidepods is the only change that I would make as it breaks the flow of the car with a chunk of carbon on the side, however there is not much else that I don’t like about this car and hopefully it will be as fast as it looks.
Aston Martin have also remained relatively unchanged from 2022, I think that they had one of the strongest liveries last year and have continued this into 2023. I think that the glossy green mixed with the slime green works really well together. This car will definitely be a stand out on the grid as they are one of the few teams that have not decided to go with a carbon car in an attempt to save weight.
Alpine released to cars that they will run this season, the all-pink car and the blue and pink car that we saw for a majority of the season last year. I think that the pink car is definitely the better of the two and so it’s a shame that this will only be run for three races this year. The blue and pink car has followed suit and a lot of the paint has been stripped back resulting in significantly more exposed carbon than last year. I don’t think that this works particularly well with the Alpine as the pink and blue don’t match very well with the black carbon.
My least favourite of the 5 teams is the McLaren, this is similar to my reasoning for the Alpine as the amount of exposed carbon on the car makes it look unfinished. The papaya will be a stand out on track but I don’t think that there is enough of it on the car, I was not originally a fan of the orange and blue colour way and so this new rendition of the car, that includes a lot more carbon, just feels disjointed to me.
That’s of my review of all of the 10 cars, a lot of the teams have followed this trend of exposed carbon in and effort to save weight but in my opinion this has not worked for everyone. There may be some changes to the order above one we see the cars on track but we’ll have to wait until testing to find out.