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The trend apparent in F1 2024's latest disappointing livery that needs to change

OPINION: A desire to save weight has been evidenced in 2024's Formula 1 crop by a proliferation of sparsely-painted liveries, with Alpine the latest team to reveal a colour scheme showing plenty of bare carbon. Aside from creating difficulties in telling them apart, the current trend points to an apathy for their spectacle as moving pieces of artwork

This is getting out of hand: now there are four of them. Amid the disappointment of Formula 1's 2024 launch season so far, three cars (ish) and five liveries have been unveiled. Of those liveries, McLaren, Sauber, and Haas had all opted for a bare carbon-plus-colour finish, as Williams (perhaps having felt guilty for starting the trend in 2022) has thankfully been appropriately liberal with the use of blue tones in its 2024 aesthetic.

Amid this growing plague of minimal effort being applied to the car's paintwork, "artwork" somewhat adjacent to Barry Flanagan's ringn ’66 on display at the Tate Modern (which is quite literally just a pile of sand), we perhaps expected some degree of predictability from Alpine. After all, since the Renault team's 2021 rebrand, we've come to expect the same thing: metallic blue finish, bits of incongruous pink, some black and white trim here and there. Instead, the nudus carbonus pox has afflicted Enstone too, ensuring that we're all going to have a jolly old time in Bahrain working out which car is which.

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