Well, I doubt the livery will change. The chrome will stay but a bit of black outline might be on it. The team-wear is more to do with marketing than anything else, having a drastic change with the colours makes people buy the new clothing rather than sticking with previous years because it looks the same.
Ooh could be a good spot. I remember the current Force India livery was first spotted in a calendar a couple of years back (Remember they’d previously been a rather annoyingly McLaren shade of red and gold-ish?)
It’s probably rather going to be yet another reworking of the gear, shirts and all and not an indication of a major shift in colours for their livery. For example, the team had these orange gradient shirts in 2005.
However, I think a black chrome instead of silver might work just as well, visually.
I don’t want them to change, I like the chrome – chrome is modern and not just for bathtaps!
I had noticed their team members were wearing black shirts/tshirts with red trim in the Advent Calander photos, but never thought about a change of car colour – I hope they don’t but have a feeling Mercedes Benz may be behind it…
Edit: I just viewed the team shop. The new hats remind me of Virgin F1’s livery which is not what Mclaren would have been going for… however I have to say the black clothing looks ‘delightfully evil’ to quote Stewie Griffin. :P