The Williams F1 team will race in a Gulf livery for the next three Grand Prix weekends, starting with this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. The livery is the second recent temporary appearance of Gulf colors in F1, joining a 2021 Monaco race where McLaren used the iconic scheme.
The livery was chosen from four options by fans in a vote held back in May. Unlike the Gulf colors seen on Aston Martin sports car racers throughout the 2010s, the scheme breaks away from the traditional stripe patterns seen on John Wyer-run Ford GTs and Porsche 917s in favor of sharp modern elements that are more fitting of a modern F1 car. The result is not quite as charming, but it still presents the signature pale blue and bright orange in a memorable way.
Although Williams has been sponsored by Gulf since the beginning of the season and always runs a blue car, the dark blue is a more generic color that fits the team's look rather than any individual sponsor. This lighter blue is going to run on the car only for the upcoming races in Singapore, Japan, and Qatar. After that, the team will return to its traditional shade.
Williams has spent the 2023 season consistently impressing with modest improvements. The team's current position of seventh in the championship, on the back of 21 points scored by Alex Albon, would be its best since 2017. Albon has scored all but four of the team's points over the past two seasons.
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