McLaren reveal livery for Australian Grand Prix

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McLaren livery, 2014 Australian Grand PrixMcLaren have revealed the colour scheme they will use for the first race weekend of the season in Australia, having used an interim livery during testing.

The team will use the livery to mark 20 years of support from sponsor Mobil 1.

“We are privileged to have worked closely with ExxonMobil over a very successful 20 years and counting,” said chief operating officer and acting CEO Jonathan Neale.

“During 332 races together we have achieved four world championships, 78 wins, 229 podium finishes and 76 pole positions, which is testament to our powerful technology partnership. Seeing the Mobil fuels branding alongside Mobil 1 on the MP-4 29 is a great recognition of the relationship’s contribution to performance over our two decades together.”

McLaren are without a title sponsor this year following the departure of Vodafone at the end of last season. Last week McLaren Group CEO Ron Dennis said he expects to have a replacement in place “in the new few events”.

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99 comments on McLaren reveal livery for Australian Grand Prix

  1. RetardedF1sh (@retardedf1sh) said on 13th March 2014, 7:25

    Does anyone else think that it would look a million times better if the white stripe on the side would be red?

    http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii595/LolUser95/McLarenredstripe.jpg~original

  2. jhg103 (@joshgeake) said on 13th March 2014, 7:32

    I’ve said for over 20 years now that McLaren are dull, corporate and stiff. This livery is so…dull, corporate and stiff.

    No imagination, flair or fun. Just professional. It’s more Mercedes than the Mercedes.

    F1′s liveries have seriously suffered since the tobacco advertising regulations. Cigarettes may well kill you on the inside but at least they looked pretty.

    • Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 13th March 2014, 7:44

      So fitting for a return to the Ron Dennis era, then?

    • Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 13th March 2014, 8:31

      Come on, it seems that you’re judging a book by looking at its covers ! Doesn’t matter if they’re corporatistic, kinda dull and stiff, but what their contribution to the auto industry. And I’m talking mostly about Mercedes !

      • MaroonJack (@maroonjack) said on 13th March 2014, 11:34

        It seems that you’re judging a book by looking at its covers.

        We’re talking about the livery here, so it’s kind of the point. To me this car looks like a suit and I’m not surprised that some people think it’s a very “corporate” livery. Some people like suits. Some people think that suits are classic, that they make you look sharper, more aggressive and purposeful. Some people think they are uniforms of the corporate aristocracy. I just think they are bland and boring. Luckily this livery is a one-off.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 13th March 2014, 11:01

      To be fair, chrome doesn’t strike me as reserved and corporate.

      • The Blade Runner (@thebladerunner) said on 13th March 2014, 12:00

        I agree. Was the T-1000 from Terminator 2 bland? Chrome refelcts colour and light and is one of the most exciting finishes on any product whether that be a phone, TV or, er, car.

        Just to make the point a bit clearer, the car ain’t grey, it’s chrome!

  3. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 13th March 2014, 8:25

    This is brilliant! I feel 5 again!

  4. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 13th March 2014, 8:47

    Looks like Lewis Hamilton’s old F3 car.
    On Ron’s orders it’s not black – just a very, very dark grey.

  5. JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 13th March 2014, 9:06

    I can’t believe Ron let this shot of the car be released with what appear to be used tyres on it.

  6. stefano (@alfa145) said on 13th March 2014, 9:41

    Love it

  7. Dave Hunt said on 13th March 2014, 10:02

    This is a black and white photo, yes ?

  8. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 13th March 2014, 10:34

    The main thing for me is that their testing Livery made the car look like a Mercedes. This now looks 100% McLaren.

  9. minnis (@minnis) said on 13th March 2014, 11:03

    … Until i see it on track I’m going to keep hoping that McLaren just sent over a black and white photocopy…

  10. It looks like someone took a good colour photo and then desaturated it in Photoshop.

    • Paul A (@paul-a) said on 13th March 2014, 15:58

      Not saying it hasn’t been photoshopped, but it’s a colour image (5535 colours) and the FR wheel nut is definitely gold (well in colour anyway — tech regs don’t allow exotic materials and cost-cap rules it out too…)
      I rather like its classical appearance, very Merc-like.

  11. lubhz (@lubhz) said on 13th March 2014, 14:35

    McLaren have revealed the colour scheme they will use for the first race weekend

    I can’t see any colour.

  12. HoHum (@hohum) said on 13th March 2014, 14:37

    I presume McLaren are working on new body work so the extra kilos of paint wont matter on the final car/sponsor package.

  13. HoHum (@hohum) said on 13th March 2014, 14:44

    And the McLaren badge is where?
    Anyone not familiar with the teams would take this as a Mercedes, with the Tri-star on the nose and Mercedes-Benz in large letters right behind the cockpit.
    Is Ron telling Mercedes to make sure McLarens engines are as good as the works team engines?

  14. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 13th March 2014, 14:48

    It’s very… Mercedes-y.
    Nonetheless it’s pleasing on the eye.

  15. Brian C (@bcracing) said on 13th March 2014, 15:18

    They’re hoping to bland the other teams into submission.

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