F1 cars in special designs for test drives

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D he test drives for the 2019 season are only still three and a half weeks away. As always, there is great tension before the garage doors are opened for the first time. In recent years, observers have repeatedly experienced surprises when it comes to the paintwork of the new generation of racing cars.

Red Bull in camouflage

You don't have to look far back. Fans should still remember the Erlkönig look of the RB14 from last season. The special dark blue and silver pattern, which was only used at the Shakedown in Silverstone, should make it difficult for the spies of the competition to recognize technical details. The camouflage effect was not particularly effective. Some suspected that the eye-catching look was simply a clever PR campaign.

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Did you know that Michael Schumacher has already tested in a black Ferrari?

It is not uncommon for cars to appear for the test drives in a different outfit than in the rest of the season. The teams often give their new cars a special design for the first test laps, in order to attract brief attention or simply to test the reaction of the fans. If the colors are not well received, they are repainted without further ado.

Test cars in single-color paint

Another reason for special test paints is the quick, uncomplicated change of body parts. Often the whole car is therefore simply painted in one color - as was the case with Toro Rosso in the 2016 season, for example. Then upgrade parts do not attract negative attention if they are not yet perfectly adapted to the usual racing design.

Whether McLaren in orange, Toro Rosso inBlue, BMW Sauber all in white or Michael Schumacher in a black Ferrari - in our gallery we have once again collected many interesting special paintwork from Formula 1 test drives.

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