The odd couple

Williams' 2009 carRenault and Williams have both unveiled their 2009 F1 cars in Portugal today, and – admittedly to our slight surprise – one of them is a proper looker.

Even more of a surprise is that it’s the Williams. The FW31 was shown off in an understated navy livery at the Portimao circuit, and we reckon it looks most excellent. Only problem is, it probably won’t when the F1 season gets underway in Australia at the end of March.

That’s because the FW31’s paintjob is described as ‘an interim livery’ – Williams says that the final colours won’t be revealed until next month. Which is a pity, because we can’t imagine they’re going to make it look any better.

You know how the testing cars always look coolest when they’re running unpainted, with all that bare carbon fibre? That’s what we want, and the FW31 isn’t too far off.

Renault's 2009 carThe Renault R29 got its official reveal in Portimao too, and its livery is exactly what you’d expect from a team run by a man as, erm, flamboyant as Flav Briatore. We do quite like those red endplates, which give the R29 a bit of a retro tinge. Maybe it’ll inspire Nelsinho to race a bit more like his dad this season.

No. We’re not going to start Nelson-bashing. Not today. For now, there’s just one campaign: get Williams to keep their F1 car in that super-cool understated livery. The petition starts here. Add your voice below.

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The R29 makes me think of Ronald McDonald. Or It, in a bad dream. I saw a profile pic somewhere else and then it’s even worse. I wonder if ING is thinking about how to get out of their deal. This paintjob can’t be good for business.
The Will is just beautiful like this. If they change anything, just make it the darkest blue you can find, all over.

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Loti

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The shark fin engine cover wasn’t banned because it actually helps to stabilise the turbulance that affects the car behind, thus improving overtaking opportunities. You all want better racing don’t you?

“The Renault on the other hand, certainly fell out of the ugly tree”

I don’t think it just fell out of the ugly tree, I think it hit every branch on the way down before landing in a great big steaming pile of ugly. It may have possibly also been beaten repeatedly with the ugly stick.

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Wow that FW31 looks good, great paint job.

R29 looks a bit goofy & needs a respray.

In order:

1. Williams
2. Ferrari
3. Toyota
4. McLaren
5. Renault

I think this may change when they get to race!

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there is a point to the brick infront of the nose you know. the extra space lets the reno enigeers go mad with ballsting the front of the car the broad shape pushes more air above the top also the bulbos bottom increases downforce something these new slick tires need more of

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I know I have no authority or right to be saying this, but Renault should not be allowed to run that nose for the simple reason that it is hideous. Absolutely hideous. Were they even trying?

Among the thousands of rules in F1, there needs to be one that states, “cars must not make you cringe or laugh when you look at them. Section 11455.4”

I know the Renault engineers must have put a lot of hard work into their design, and I respect that, but come on. Come on.

Anyone else with me?

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wow! that williams is beautiful! the renault… err, notsamuch. i like the ferrari the best, though.

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Please Uncle Frank, keep that colour !!!!

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Between the 2 it would have to be the williams.

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Worst (F1) cars ever! Body too fat due to KERS, wings totally out of proportion. Whatever colour you paint these cars they will allways be damn ugly !

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All the above being said, Ronny has a point. F1 cars are not beautiful. Haven’t been since someone mounted a surfboard on the back of a cigar and a hammerhead’s mouth on the front, added some go-kart wheels and started racing it.
Same goes for LMP cars. Remember the Ferraris and Maseratis from the ’60’s? Now look at (and listen to) the Audi R10. Racing just isn’t about being beautiful. More’s the pity…

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Don´t agree. Always loved F1 cars. This year the regulations sucks which produces this mishaps.
Solutions is very simple:
1-ban KERS
2-bring the front and back wing back to last years dims.

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I really like the new cars. The only problem is that with a rear wing like this years you need the rear tyres to be wider for it to look more in proportion, but when has Formula 1 ever been about aesthetics? There have been plenty of successful cars that maybe aren’t quite so pleasing on the eye.

The monocoque on all of the cars have changed drastically from last year. It would appear that a large, flat nose and a bulbous, curvy rear end seem to be the order of the day. Larger surface area = more downforce? I don’t know, I’m not an aerodynamicist, but with all the extra winglets so prominant in the last couple of seasons being banned it makes sense if that is the case.

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What the hell were Renault thinking !! Alonso is not going to win or at least come near with a a car that bad. Last years was not amazing but this is just terrible on the other hand williams well they have done a great job the stylings are perfect and great colour Nice 1 williams

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2009 cars are intrinsically ugly due to the grotesque genetically-modified front wing while the rear wings look like they’ve been shut in a drawer.

However you’re right, the Williams livery does make the best of a bad job. You’re also right to think that once the myopic t*ssers in red braces get their hands on it, it’ll look like a regurgitated dog’s dinner (just like Flavio’s abomination).

It never seems to occur to marketing folk that it’s much more positive for their ‘brand’ if it appears on an elegant car, rather than just being ‘visually emphasised’ till it turns the car into a 3-D billboard.

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Well Dan, F1 is there for pleasure only.
Celebs, Vips, they go to races to see COOL cars in a cool enviroment, that is what makes F1 so special.
These 09 cars do look like a (bad) joke.
Seen the pictures of testing?
It can not be true!
Good old Enzo and Colin must be spinning in their graves.

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If it’s all about the cars then why not just park them in the paddock all weekend and let people just look at them. For the public, F1 is about the drivers, and the drivers racing each other hard. If the racing is good then no-one will care what the cars look like.

Sure, these are far from the best looking cars the sport has produced. I think they’re better than anything from the last 2 years though, I’m glad all the appendages have gone.

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Williams = Coudn’t be better
Renault= A load of crap

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A beautiful design does not mean, it’s fast and also an ugly design does not mean, it’s slow. We are not here for some beauty contest, are we? F1 is about driving fast, not who has the most beautiful car. At the end of the season, the champions are the fastest not the prettiest! And in my opinion, Renault is not so bad after all, it just takes a bit to get used to it.

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Williams has to keep that livery. It makes it look like an undercover police f1 car! By the way Tek, I agree with you, because I went to Goodwood last year and they had the SLR racer, and it just sounded wrong ;(

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i think it looks ugly but it loks better than maclarens car and lewis hamilton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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i love the renult bye the way.p.s i made a mistake

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keep da cars da same

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the renault is very awsome and cool

the williams is to

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POT UGLY MINGERS !!!!
The only good looking cars on the grid this year will be in order
1 The pace car
2 Red Bull,now that is a good looking motor. Well done to Newey and the boys.
3 And ofcourse the MacLaren, only because of the colour scheme.
F1 bosses WISE UP AND LISTEN TO RICHARD BRANSON.
Get back to basic shapes of the 70s and give us some good, slippery, slidding cars that actually pass each other on the track and not in the pits.

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