McLaren F1 will revise its livery ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix in Spain, with the team moving away from the chrome colour scheme they have used since their partnership with Vodafone began in 2006.
Despite McLaren’s partnership with Vodafone ending in 2013, and their move from Mercedes engines to Honda, McLaren opted to keep their chrome styling without a primary sponsor.
McLaren Group chief executive Ron Dennis stated during pre-season testing that the livery would change at some point this season. However, he did insist that it wasn’t for aesthetically-pleasing reasons, putting to rest the rumours of a revamped classic red and white Honda-McLaren livery.
Instead fans should see a somewhat dampened version of the current silver-chromed livery.
A McLaren spokesperson said: “We have revised our car’s livery, improving its visual impact, optimising it for not only bright sunshine but also for the floodlights increasingly used in twilight and night races.
“The result is a dynamic, predatory, graphite-grey colouration, complemented by McLaren-dayglo ‘Speedmarks’ and keylines, reducing the reflection issues caused by our latest chrome-silver treatment.”
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