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Not the Red, but the Camouflaged Bull



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As Formula 1 broke silence for the first time in the year 2015, everyone was anticipating something new from all the teams. As the covers were unlived, everything seemed like normal; new cars, new parts and changes to the color schemes of some teams. Expect, everyone was awestruck, when the Red Bull’s RB11 was revealed in front of the photographers. The new Red Bull seemed a bit odd at first glance, not from the shape or with its racing ability, but because of its livery.

When F1’s Bull became the Zebra

The new monster from Milton Keynes, possibly the last “Bull” from Adrian Newey’s drawing broad, came out with a very particular, peculiar, and a unique color style. It was draped with a camouflage color setting, which surprised the whole paddock. The livery is filled with black and white stripes, and lines, all over the car, in random patterns. The space for the sponsors, car number and other details has been kept, but even they are in the back-white combination.

In theory, the color scheme has been put on by Red Bull so that none of the other teams can easily understand the basic details of the car. In fact, the team even said that taking photos of the new-car has become difficult because of its ability to trick the eyes.

The new Red Bull is of course filled with many new parts which vary from the last season, most notably the nose-portion. And the team is doing a great job of being as secretive as possible. Maybe, in the future, this note will also be taken by other teams, so that they can safe guard their parts and design.


The reception of the livery

In the corporate world of Formula 1, fans these days seldom get a livery which they like, but this “one off zebra striped livery” has been welcomed by them. In fact, most were hoping that this unique color scheme would stay on during the season. But that is not Red Bull’s plan, as team boss Christian Horner made it clear during the test. Talking to media, Horner said: “They won’t be disappointed because the livery will be even stronger. It’s great to do something different; it’s been extremelywell received.”

It is very likely that Red Bull will revert back to their original and more traditional color schemes, before the start of the new season.


The inspiration for it

Putting in camouflage-colors on a “moving mechanical object” is not a new concept; in fact, it is as old as World War II. At that time,war-ships were painted that way so that they could hide their own size and location. In fact, in the automotive industry, many road car manufacturers test their concept and new projects with a camouflaged livery. But team boss Horner also revealed that the design idea came from the colors of former Red Bull boy Sebastian Vettel’s helmet. This was used by the former champion during last year’s Italian Grand Prix. “It came out of a helmet design which Sebastian ran last year,” an excited Horner told the media.

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Testing is a chance to “test” a few color schemes too

Red Bull is not the first team that has come out with a different color decal during pre-season testing. Previously, many teams have altered their livery at the time of testing. This is a very common practice in the world of Formula 1. And in fact, the Williams team had a unique livery last year before they eventually shifted to the Martini racing colors for the 2014 season. One of the reasons why some teams use a different livery for the testing is to differentiate testing from the actual racing. A one off livery is also very refreshing and a new change for some teams.

In the past, McLaren have always fiddled with their testing livery, as the MP4 21 and the MP4 12 cars featured the company colors of striking orange. Those color schemes are still on every McLaren fans’ mind till date, such the impact they created. This year though, McLaren, despite changing their livery, didn’t opt for an orange car. But all the anticipating eyes in a month’s time will again be on Red Bull, when they reveal their actual 2015 color scheme in Australia.



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